Auger-Aliassime advances to 4th round of Australian Open with win over Cerundolo

Auger-Aliassime advances to 4th round of Australian Open with win over Cerundolo

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Argentine Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The Montreal native fired nine aces and won 85 per cent of first-serve points, as well as breaking on six of 20 chances.

He also had 38 winners to Cerundolo’s 22 in a game played on Friday afternoon in Melbourne.

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Auger-Aliassime advances to the round of 16 of the Australian Open

Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Argentine Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the Australian Open.

After coming through in the third set, Auger-Aliassime met with a huge challenge from Cerundolo in the fourth.

After falling behind 2-1, the 22-year-old Auger-Aliassime strung together three straight games to go up 4-2.

Cerundolo, however, cut the gap thanks to an error by the Canadian after a forehand winner gave him the lead at two.

It then became a back and forth affair as the two would face each other after every game won.

But that didn’t work out in the Argentine’s favour, as Auger-Aliassime stormed past the final game and took match point with an ace.

His fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov was scheduled to face Poland’s Hubert Hurkaczv in the third round of the men’s singles.

In women’s doubles action, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and her partner Giuliana Olmos of Mexico defeated American Shelby Rogers and Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.

Dabrowski and Olmos fired three aces to just one double fault and won 73 percent of first-serve points. They also broke five of nine times.

The third seeded duo had 25 winners to their opponents’ 21.

Meanwhile, fellow Canadians Leylah Fernandez and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA fell 7-6(5), 4-6, 3-6 to Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil and Zhang Shuai of China in their first round match. .

After winning the first set, Fernández and Mattek-Sands collapsed after a great start in the second.

The duo won the first four games of the half set. From there, Haddad Maia and Zhang took over with six straight games to win the set.

In the third, they built on their momentum and took three of the first four games. Fernández and Mattek-Sands couldn’t get any closer than two games in hopes of a comeback.

Fernandez and Mattek-Sands went broke on four of their 12 chances compared to their opponents who went 6 of 10.

Pegula and Gauff advance to the fourth round

American title favorites Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff posted convincing third-round victories on Friday.

Seeded third and a quarterfinalist the past two years at Melbourne Park, Pegula needed 65 minutes to beat Marta Kostyuk 6-0, 6-2. Gauff, the seventh seed, defeated Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-2 to reach the round of 16.

Pegula ran in the first set and although Kostyuk established himself in the second set, he was always trying to catch up.

“I thought I just didn’t give away a lot of free points,” said Pegula, who will face Barbora Krejcikova, the 2021 French Open champion, in the next round. “He was playing aggressive when he had to, but also smart. Happy to go to the next round.”

Gauff had to endure a barrage of big punches from Pera.

“Today was a tough match,” Gauff said. “Bernarda hit the ball really hard, he was just trying to hang on. I’m happy we made it to the second week.”

Top seed Iga Swiatek beat Spain qualifier Cristina Bucsa 6-0, 6-1 in just 55 minutes. Last year’s runner-up Danielle Collins of the USA was defeated 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Krejcikova was the first player to advance to the fourth round after a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Anhelina Kalinina to open the game on Friday at Rod Laver Arena.

The Czech player, seeded number 20, won the first five games of the match and dominated her Ukrainian opponent. Krejcikova has not dropped a set in three matches.

Tsitsipas advances to face Sinner

In the men’s game, Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Jannik Sinner in the fourth round.

Third seed Tsitsipas saved a set point in the second set, but defeated Tallon Griekspoor 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to reach the round of 16 at Melbourne Park for the third time in four years.

Sinner rallied from two sets down for the first time in his career by beating Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 after 3 hours, 33 minutes, winning the last 12 games. .

“For sure the first two sets were very hard for me,” said the 21-year-old Italian and the 15th seed. “I came onto the court with a tactic, then I had to change a bit, going a bit more to his backhand. We worked a lot physically in the off-season, so today I was good physically in the last few sets.”

Tsitsipas, the top-ranked player remaining in the men’s draw after the exits of defending champion Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Casper Ruud, was pressured hard in the second set by 63rd-ranked Griekspoor.

The Dutch player held set point on Tsitsipas’s serve at 6-5 in the second set, but was unable to convert it and Tsitsipas pulled away for the win.

Tsitsipas and Sinner have played five times, with the Greek player winning 4-1. The 24-year-old is a three-time Australian Open semifinalist and was runner-up at the 2021 French Open behind Novak Djokovic. Sinner reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne last year.

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