Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime eliminated from Indian Wells in the second round

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was kicked out of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday. Auger-Aliassime, ninth in the standings, was upset 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 3-6 by Botic van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands in the second round.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was kicked out of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

Auger-Aliassime, ninth in the standings, was upset 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 3-6 by Botic van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands in the second round.

The match lasted three hours 15 minutes.

The 21-year-old Montrealer was on the verge of defeat several times in the game. He fought off four match points – three in the second set and one in the third.

But van De Zandschulp, ranked 47th in the world, made him pay on the fifth match point, coming to the net and firing a backhand out of reach for the Canadian.

Auger-Aliassime committed 59 unforced errors, eight double faults and eight aces in the game.

He failed to join fellow Canadians Leylah Annie Fernandez and Denis Shapovalov in the third round.

After winning the second set tiebreaker, Auger-Aliassime lost serve to start the third set and he played catch-up throughout, failing to push his opponent back.

In the second set of the marathon, the Canadian managed to force a tiebreaker despite losing serve in the 10th game and facing three match points in the 12th.

Equally long was the first set, which lasted one hour 13 minutes and also ended in a tie-break. The tournament’s ninth seed lost serve in the third game, broke the Dutch player in the sixth before losing a hard-fought tie-break.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 13, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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