Felix Auger-Aliassime wants to become one of the most respected personalities on the field. The Canadian qualified for the semi-finals of the Lipima Open at S-Hertogenbosch on Friday, with Karen Khachanov breaking up 7-6 (5) 6-4 in one of today’s closest matches on Dutch lawn.
The world number 9 needed to row in a complex match, as Khachanov came to serve (5-3) to score the first set, an absolute battle that spanned the hour. The Canadian’s resistance was so great that the match was decided in a second round in which only one break made the difference.
“The first set was very tense, very tight on both sides. She worked to win the set. It’s good that she was able to come back from that set and win it. But Karen always plays tough games. In our previous two games we have reached the third set.
It’s never easy to compete against him.” Against one of the toughest hitters in the ring, Felix enforced his serving order (eight yards aces, 85% secured with her first serve), an essential advantage for flipping the scoreboard in the turf.
“It was a very good and complete match,” admitted Auger-Aliassime. “I think I had the right ideas before the match and I was able to implement them well. It is good to get another win on grass in this country.
Everyone knows I did well in Holland. I hope to be lucky again and win the championship. You May Also Like: ATP Launches ‘OneVision’ Strategy Auger-Aliassime continues to demonstrate his innate ability to adapt his game to the characteristics of the playing field.
The current Wimbledon quarter-finalist has already racked up a whopping 20 wins tally in 26 matches on the rooftop, cementing himself as one of the most fulfilled players this time of the year.
The American, who has played two finals in Stuttgart (2019, 2021) in his history, will try to fight again for a trophy on grass this season. This week Felix aims to win the second ATP title of his career after opening his show in Holland specifically under the roof of the ATP 500 in Rotterdam in February.
Auger-Aliassime will play the Libema Open semifinal against local Tom van Rijthoven, the great reveal of the week on grass. The Dutchman, ranked 205th in the world with no ATP Tour wins as of this week, delivered an unforgettable performance in front of his fans.
The Dutchman, coming from the qualifiers stage and attending the second round of the ATP tournament in his career, beat Frenchman Hugo Gaston 7-6 (2) 6-4 on Friday to continue an epic performance in which he also defeated his team. American Taylor Fritz and Australian Matthew Ebden.
“I am amazed to be in the ATP Tour semi-finals,” admitted Van Reethoven, who is just making his debut in the top 150 of the ATP rankings. “I think I’ll have a similar style to Taylor Fritz in the second round, so I know what I can find.
It will be a very difficult match. I’m ready to go out there and fight. “It’s always good to go to the weekend,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I hope to be able to put in another good match. I will compete with a local player in his first semi-final.
You will be ready to play well. Hope my previous experience helps. I actually made it to the final twice in my first week on grass. I hope I can find a way to win.”
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