Felix Auger-Aliassime defeats Dan Evans at European Open
Felix Auger-Aliassime ended Dan Evans’ run at the European Open at the quarter final stage after a three set win.
Evans, the British number two, won the first set but eventually lost out 4-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 to Auger-Aliassime, the number one seed ranked number ten in the world.
The first set was of high quality, with Evans taking the decisive break in only the third game of the match. Auger-Aliassime however, came back in the second. He applied pressure on the Brit’s service games but was unable to take any of his three break point opportunities.
The set eventually went to a tiebreak which the Canadian won, with his quality shining through in the key moments. This continued in the final set, which saw Auger-Aliassime race away to victory, his powerful groundstrokes proving too much for Evans.
The world number ten was pleased with his performance and the quality of the match.
”It was a really high-quality match from both of us. I couldn’t regret too much in the first set, he just played a bit too good”, he said in his on court interview.
”From the tie-break, it was a great finish from me so I’m really happy I made the effort to dig deep and push hard into the end.”
Felix Auger-Aliassime now faces Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals. He is in the seventh and final spot to qualify for the end of year tournament in Turin. A victory at the ATP 250 in Antwerp would majorly boost his chances of appearing at the event in November.
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