Canada’s Auger-Aliassime advances to the third round at the Australian Open

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Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime advances to the third round of the Australian Open after winning another close match on Thursday.

The Montreal No. 9 defeated world No. 50 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain in one second 7-6 (4) 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4). Round game that lasted four hours and 19 minutes.

It took Auger-Aliassime five sets to get past Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland in the first round.

The Canadian meets No. 24 seed Daniel Evans of Great Britain in the third round. Evans is 1-0 for life against Auger-Aliassime and won in a tune-up event at the Australian Open last year.

The British player has also played far less tennis than Auger-Aliassime this week, winning his first set in straight sets before scoring a walkthrough in the second round.

Auger-Aliassime fought back after collapsing in the fourth set to win the match. He went deep to hit a great volley to win the match in the fourth tiebreak.

The Canadian made a whopping 83 unforced errors but walked away with the win thanks in large part to a dominant serve.

Auger-Aliassime came into the first Grand Slam of the season with momentum after helping Canada win the ATP Cup team title in Australia earlier this month.

No. 14 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ontario meets No. 23 seed Reilly Opelka of the United States in a third round game on Friday.

Meanwhile, the sixth-placed women’s doubles team, consisting of Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico, defeated Camila Osorio of Colombia and Clara Burel of France 6-2, 6-3 in a first round match.

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