Felix Auger-Aliassime Cincinnati Open 2022

Felix Auger-Aliassime survives ‘epic’ for 14th straight win

Felix Auger-Aliassime has all but qualified for the ATP Finals by coming from behind to extend his win streak to 14 matches.  

The world number eight defeated qualifier Mikael Ymer 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) to stay alive at the Paris Masters and reach the last 16. The Canadian was down a set and 4-1 but recovered for the victory.

“I was very worn out, not feeling great physically,” Auger-Aliassime admitted in his post-match interview. “But, somehow I found a second wind. After saving those break points at 4-1 I played better and better. Coming through the court much better, serving better.

“It was pretty epic. You know, three hours 30 minutes on the court. Quality rallies, he was making me work all the time. So definitely a win to remember.

“I thought I was going to lose at that point, in all honesty,”  he said of trailing 4-1 in the second set. “But you try to win the next game and the very next game. Then the next thing you know you’re back on serve.

“When I was back on serve I thought ‘ok, if I can win this set, let’s see what happens.’ I thought I played a good third set. Unfortunate that I couldn’t convert when I was up a break twice.

“But also credit to him for making me work during those games.”

Felix Auger-Aliassime now has 3,725 points in the Race to Turin and the ATP Finals. It is now almost certain that he will qualify for the elite season-ending event.

The only way the Canadian will not qualify is if he loses to Taylor Fritz in the next round, Fritz meets Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals and Fritz goes on to win the tournament. In that instance Rublev and Fritz would qualify ahead of Auger-Aliassime.

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