It’s on to Malaga for Félix Auger-Aliassime after the Canadian did not advance out of the group stage on the ATP Finals.
His hopes of reaching the semifinals got here right down to his remaining match in opposition to American Taylor Fritz, however the Canadian was defeated in three units 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-2.
A 1-2 file will see him end third within the inexperienced group, not sufficient to qualify for the ultimate 4.
Each males had been unforgiving on serve, however Fritz was barely higher, profitable 88 per cent of his first serve factors to Auger-Aliassime’s 75. He additionally saved all three break factors he confronted whereas the Canadian solely saved three of 5.
36 winners to Fritz’s 32 had been in the end not sufficient for Auger-Aliassime, who additionally dedicated 31 unforced errors.
Neither participant confronted a lot adversity on serve within the opening set as no break factors had been seen by both man.
The backhand let Auger-Aliassime down within the tiebreak, as one error value him a minibreak lead and one other gave the benefit to Fritz, who took the breaker 7-4.
Auger-Aliassime had an opportunity to shortly flip the script within the second set, holding three break factors within the American’s opening service recreation, however did not get a return in play on any of them.
As soon as once more it got here right down to a tiebreak and as soon as once more Auger-Aliassime discovered himself down a minibreak. However this time the American blinked, double-faulting to degree the tiebreak at 4-4. The Canadian then stepped up the aggression to win the ultimate two factors from 5-5 and ship the match it a deciding set.
Nonetheless, it was Fritz who began to create extra openings on return within the third set. After laying on the stress within the sixth recreation, Auger-Aliassime fired a forehand huge on his fourth break level to give up the primary break of the match.
Fritz would end by profitable the ultimate 4 video games in a row, breaking yet another time to seal the win.
Auger-Aliassime is anticipated to complete his season subsequent week on the Davis Cup Finals knockout stage in Malaga. He carried Staff Canada introduced by Sobeys by the group stage again in September in Valencia and can be a part of a full-strength Canadian squad together with Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil, Alexis Galarneau, and Gabriel Diallo.
The Canadians will meet Germany within the quarter-finals. A possible rematch with Fritz could also be on the playing cards within the semifinals as Canada will meet the winner between the USA and Italy.