Stefanos Tsitsipas battled past Felix Auger Aliassime in a tightly contested match to reach the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open in Mexico. The Greek player prevailed in the hard-fought three set marathon 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The contest, which lasted two hours and five minutes, saw both the players giving their maximum, making it a treat to watch for the fans across the world. “It was a high-intensity match from both sides. We both played incredible tennis,” Tsitsipas was quoted as saying by the atptour.com.
Tsitsipas looked back fondly on this crucial result and predicted more such clashes with Felix in the future. “Generally I think I learnt from it. It’s a good match to have on my portfolio. It’s a good match to have in my ATP Tour history and growing an important rivalry with Felix with many more to come like this,” he added.
Speaking after the match, Auger Aliassime said, “I think it’s one of the best matches we’ve played. I think the last four times it was straightforward my way or his way. This time around we played three sets and honestly there was everything in the match.” He added, “Yeah it’s always a big challenge to play him. I try to bring my best tennis against Stefanos, the intensity is always really high.”
Earlier, the Canadian had started brisker of the two, but Tsitsipas gradually grew in the game, winning the opening set. The second set seemed a bit straight forward as Auger Aliassime wrapped it up with little difficulty. Things got heated in the final set. At a crucial juncture, Felix double-faulted twice in a row to give Tsitsipas three breakpoints. The Greek star converted them en route to victory.
After surviving the thrilling contest, Tsitsipas spoke highly of the growing rivalry between the two. “Yes, I think it would [become a great rivalry]. I think there is plenty of [time for] both of us left on tour, which means we’re definitely going to face each many more times and it’s important for our sport,” he added.