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Félix Auger-Aliassime is passed from the 107th to the 58th rank in the world ranking of the ATP in a month.
Félix Auger-Aliassime has won a much anticipated match between two of the most beautiful hopes of the tennis male, Saturday.
The tennis champion and 18-year-old defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Masters of Indian Wells, after only an hour and 18 minutes of play.
Auger-Aliassime, who had beaten Britain’s Cameron Norrie earlier this week in the first round, will now face the winner of the duel between the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka and the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut.
The Québécois, who had participated in the final of the tournament in Rio de Janeiro last month, thus continuing his progress after the 107th to the 58th rank in the world ranking of the ATP in only a month. For its part, Tsitsipas is in 10th global level.
Tsitsipas, ninth-seeded, was a worthy opponent for the Montreal. The Greek has won the tournament in Marseille at the end of February, in addition to having participated in the semi-finals of the Australian open and the final of the tournament in Dubai last week.
The Montreal has been very effective, and he quickly imposed its pace. Moreover, after conceding six balls of breakage, that it has all avoided, Auger-Aliassime has awarded the first set 6-4 in 42 minutes.
It has maintained its momentum in the second set, taking advantage of a lack of direct Tsitsipas to convert his first ball of breakage of the round and take orders 2-1. Auger-Aliassime added a layer by getting three balls of the break to 4-2. He again capitalized on their first chance, and sealed the end of the meeting as soon as the next game.
Auger-Aliassime and Tsitsipas had never crossed the iron in the professional ranks.
In addition, Ontario’s Milos Raonic has an appointment in the second round, with the American Sam Querrey, a little later on Saturday. His compatriots Gabriela Dabrowski and Denis Shapovalov will also be in action in doubles.