Felix Fires Into Basel Title Defence, Etcheverry Defeats Murray

  • Posted: Oct 25, 2023

Felix Fires Into Basel Title Defence, Etcheverry Defeats Murray

Canadian will next play van de Zandschulp

Felix Auger-Aliassime’s most recent title came in Basel one year ago. Based on his form Wednesday, the Canadian is keen to add another Swiss Indoors Basel trophy to his collection.

The defending champion eliminated Swiss wild card Leandro Riedi 6-3, 6-2 to reach the second round. The sixth seed will next play Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, who ousted Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets.

“I thought he was playing well and I think he can be proud of himself because I played a great match. I think I showed up with a good level today,” Auger-Aliassime said in his on-court interview. “He still showed very good things, so I think he’s got a great future. But on my part I’m happy to get through to the second round here.”

The 23-year-old Auger-Aliassime stayed out of trouble on his service games for the most part, relinquishing just one break in the match. He consistently challenged his opponent’s serve, winning 50 per cent of his return points and earning four breaks in the 75-minute match.

Auger-Aliassime has long thrived indoors, winning all four of his titles in such conditions. This is his first indoor appearance outside of Laver Cup since Rotterdam in February.

Now 18-18 this season, the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals qualifier will hope to use the indoor stretch to regain confidence leading into 2024.

In the last match of the day, Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry battled past former World No. 1 Andy Murray 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2 after thee hours and eight minutes to reach the quarter-finals.

In the pair’s first Lexus ATP Head2Head meeting this year at Indian Wells, Murray triumphed in three hours and 12 minutes. On this occasion, Etcheverry saved five of the six break points he faced, including all five he confronted in the second set.

Etcheverry will next play top seed Holger Rune or countryman Sebastian Baez for a place in the semi-finals. The 24-year-old is pursuing his first ATP Tour title this week.

Did You Know?
According to Infosys ATP Stats, Auger-Aliassime’s winning percentage indoors is 67.9 per cent (57-27) compared to 56.3 per cent (121-94) outdoors.

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