Evidently each time Félix Auger-Aliassime and good pal Matteo Berrettini meet on courtroom, it’s in a high-stake match. First, they confronted one another within the Stuttgart finals in 2019, then the Wimbledon quarter-finals earlier this 12 months, and in the present day within the spherical of 16 on the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
The earlier conferences have been nail biters and have been each received by the Italian. However, that wasn’t the case in the present day, because the younger Canadian took down Berrettini 6-4, 6-3 and eventually obtained his revenge over the World No. 8.
After exchanging breaks early within the opening set, Auger-Aliassime elevated his sport and began to appear to be the higher participant.
The Canadian would cruise by his service video games whereas Berrettini needed to bail his means out of his. The Italian managed to save lots of six break factors within the first set, nonetheless, it wouldn’t be sufficient to cease the tenacious Auger-Aliassime.
Auger-Aliassime continued to use strain within the second set and obtained off to an early 3-0 lead. Berrettini, who’s nonetheless coping with a thigh damage, by no means discovered his rhythm and couldn’t battle his means again into in the present day’s contest. After one hour and 34 minutes, the World No. 17 punched his ticket to the Cincinnati quarter-finals.
Auger-Aliassime dominated when he stored his first serve in play, profitable 88 % of these factors, whereas Berrettini received solely 64 % of factors on first serves.
After a disappointing loss within the second spherical of the Nationwide Financial institution Open offered by Rogers, the Montreal-native has had a improbable week in Cincinnati. He’s taken down two 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finalists, Marton Fucsovics and Karen Khachanov, and 2021 Wimbledon finalist, Berrettini.
His subsequent opponent could possibly be his hardest problem but, as he faces Greek famous person Stefanos Tsitsipas for a spot within the Cincinnati semi-finals.
A semi-final look would match a career-best for Auger-Aliassime at a Masters 1000 occasion. He completed that feat on the 2019 Miami Open, however misplaced in a thriller to American John Isner.