Felix Near-Perfect On Serve In Los Cabos QF Win

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2022

Felix Near-Perfect On Serve In Los Cabos QF Win

Canadian next faces Norrie or Albot

Felix Auger-Aliassime lost just one point on first serve Thursday night at the Abierto de Tenis Mifel as he fought off a stern challenge from Steve Johnson to reach the Los Cabos semi-finals. In his 6-4, 7-6(3) victory, the Canadian was all but flawless on his first delivery, winning 33 of 34 points (97 per cent).

“That’s a pretty good stat,” he said with a smile in his on-court interview. “I didn’t know it was that good. I knew it was good, definitely better than yesterday.

“I know my serve can be a really good weapon for me, a really strong one. Today I showed it, not facing a break point. That stat, I don’t know if I’ve done that before.”

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After starting the match with an immediate break, the second seed dropped just two points on serve in the opening set. While he threatened with seven break points in the second set, Johnson held firm to force a tie-break, saving one of those break chances with a drop volley that was equal parts devilish and daring.

The tie-break remained on serve until two untimely forehand errors from Johnson brought up match point. Auger-Aliassime’s 17th ace sealed his progress to his 18th tour-level semi-final final and fourth of the season.

“The crowd was really nice today. It’s better not to play a Mexican here, so that was also nicer for me,” he added post-match, referencing his opening-round win over home favourite Alex Hernandez on Wednesday. 

Making his Los Cabos debut, Auger-Aliassime is seeking his second title of the season after he claimed his first career ATP Tour crown in February in Rotterdam. He will next face third seed Cameron Norrie or Moldova’s Radu Albot, with World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev set to meet Miomir Kecmanovic in the opposite semi-final.

The Canadian has a never lost against either Norrie or Albot, boasting a 4-0 ATP Head2Head record against the Briton and a 1-0 mark against the Moldovan.

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