CINCINNATI – Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime nabbed his place in the quarterfinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, head of series no 5.
The 21-year-old from Montreal won 3 out of 11 break points during the hour and 34 minute match.
Auger-Aliassime, the tournament’s 12th seed, used a solid serve to outplay Berrettini, shooting seven aces and winning 88% of his first serve points.
Auger-Aliassime will face second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the ATP Masters 1000 semi-final on Friday.
Earlier Thursday, Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and her partner Luisa Stefani of Brazil advanced to the women’s doubles semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara.
Sixth seeded Dabrowski and Stefani in the tournament face off against No.2 seed Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova, both of the Czech Republic, on Friday.
Auger-Aliassime, 17th in the world, faced Berrettini for the third time in his career on Wednesday, and won without a win against the world No.8.
He beat the Italian in the second game of the first set, only to be beaten again in the next game. Berrettini converted the only break point opportunity he had during the game.
The Canadian has faced his next opponent, Tsitsipas, six times in his career, with the 23-year-old Greek scoring four victories.
The duo last faced each other in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open in April, where Tsitsipas, the current world number 3, claimed a straight-set victory.
Auger-Aliassime arrived in Cincinnati after a difficult appearance at the National Bank Toronto Open, where he lost his first game to Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in straight sets.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 19, 2021.
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