Félix Auger-Aliassime and Greek celebrity Stefanos Tsitsipas met on Centre Court docket Friday night time within the Western & Southern Open quarter-finals in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was their third assembly of the 12 months, all of which had been quarter-final matches.
Sadly, Auger-Aliassime’s terrific run in Cincinnati got here to an finish, as he dropped his quarter-final match to the World No. 3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. The Canadian’s file for the 12 months is now a good 28-18. He hopes to maintain this momentum going heading into the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the 12 months.
The very first sport was daunting for the Greek, as he had hassle discovering his rhythm and regarded like he may go down a break early. However, three deuces later, and the match No. 2 seed managed to carry his opening service sport.
Auger-Aliassime, who’s been dominating within the service division this week, struggled on first serves within the opening set. He gained solely 54 p.c of factors on first serves, together with two double faults, which each occurred within the eighth sport to present Tsitsipas the primary set 6-2.
The second set was a lot better from the Canadian, as his serves began to take kind and he raised his play. Each Auger-Aliassime and Tsitsipas cruised via their early service video games till the Canadian needed to fend off a break level alternative within the sixth sport.
Then, within the 10th sport, absolute mayhem unfolded.
Tsitsipas, up 5-4, had two match level alternatives. The primary was simply saved by Auger-Aliassime, however, the second rally appeared to final perpetually. On the point of defeat, Auger-Aliassime positioned a deep ball completely, which Tsitsipas returned within the internet. He thought the ball was out, however the Hawkeye replay confirmed that it was in – by only a sliver.
Auger-Aliassime carried that momentum into the following sport, the place he broke Tsitsipas for the primary time and finally gained the second set 7-5.
A 3rd set was wanted, however Tsitsipas raised his stage of play considerably and Auger-Aliassime couldn’t match the dynamic Greek. After two hours and eight minutes, Tsitsipas defeated Auger-Aliassime for the third time this 12 months and can look to make his sixth last look in 2021.
Tsitsipas awaits the winner of Norway’s Casper Ruud and Germany’s gold medalist Alexander Zverev.
Gaby Dabrowski continues to shine
Make it three consecutive last appearances for Canadian Gaby Dabrowski and her associate Luisa Stefani of Brazil. Dabrowski and Stefani took down Czech duo Barbora Kerjcikova and Katerina Siniakova of their semi-final thriller 7-5, 3-6, 10-7.
The pair most not too long ago gained the Nationwide Financial institution Open introduced by Rogers in Montreal, simply a few hours away from Dabrowski’s hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. That was the duo’s first title as a crew they usually hope to win one other one, this time in opposition to Australia’s Samantha Stosur and China’s Shuai Zhang on Saturday.