Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime saved his successful streak alive with a razor-thin 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in second-round motion Wednesday on the Paris Masters tennis event.
Auger-Aliassime gained on his second match level alternative to finish a marathon match that took three and a half hours to finish. With the eight-seeded Canadian serving for the match, Ymer hit a forehand lengthy as Auger-Aliassime continued his march towards the season-ending ATP Finals together with his 14th straight win.
Auger-Aliassime had an opportunity to place the match away earlier within the third-set tiebreak. Ymer, serving down 6-5, stayed alive when he tucked a shot over Auger-Aliassime’s racket to finish a prolonged rally.
Auger-Aliassime arrange his second match level when Ymer hit a shot into the online on the next level.
Ymer, who superior to the principle draw by way of qualifying, didn’t make it simple for the in-form Auger-Aliassime.
The Montreal native, who entered Paris after holding serve all through his event win final week on the Swiss Indoors in Basel, confronted 17 break factors on Wednesday and saved 14 of them.
But Auger-Aliassime was opportunistic on his break possibilities, changing 4 of 5.
Auger-Aliassime had 11 winners to Ymer’s two and 45 winners to his opponent’s 34.
The Canadian will subsequent face the winner of a match between ninth-seeded American Taylor Fritz and French wild-card Gilles Simon.
Fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., was scheduled to play Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, the event’s 14th seed, later Wednesday.
Auger-Aliassime entered the event on the heels of three straight titles: ATP 250 event wins in Florence, Italy and Antwerp, Belgium and the ATP 500 win in Basel.
He is in search of his first Masters-level title in Paris in addition to his first berth within the ATP Finals.
Auger-Aliassime entered Paris ranked sixth within the ATP Finals qualifying standings. The gamers holding down the sixth and seventh spots on the finish of the event will earn the ultimate two berths.
Fritz entered the event in eighth spot.
The ATP Finals begin Nov. 13 in Turin, Italy.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 2, 2022.