Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime falls prey to Alex de Minaur at the Italian Open

By the Canadian Press on May 13, 2024.

Felix Auger-Aliassime reacts during a final match against Andrey Rublev, of Russia, at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 5, 2024. Auger-Aliassime was eliminated from the Italian Open after a 6-7 fall, Monday 6- 4, 6-4 against Australian Alex de Minaur. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Manu Fernandez

ROME – Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated from the Italian Open on Monday after falling 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to Australian Alex de Minaur.

The Laval, Que., native fired five aces but committed 13 double faults during the round of 32, which lasted more than three hours.

De Minaur used four of the twelve break point opportunities with one ace and one double fault.

It was the 25-year-old De Minaur’s first victory over Auger-Aliassime, who were 2-0 against the Australian entering the match, including a victory in the final tie as Canada defeated Australia to claim the 2022 Davis Cup.

De Minaur will face sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece in the round of 16.

Tsitsipas defeated Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-2, 7-6 on Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2024.