Auger-Aliassime through to Madrid quarterfinals with victory over Sinner

FILE: Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, serves to Miomir Kecmanovic, of Serbia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime is through to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open tennis tournament following a lopsided 6-1, 6-2 win over Italy's Jannik Sinner on Thursday.

Auger-Aliassime's serve was effective throughout the third-round match at the clay-court Masters-level event. He fired five aces and won 80 per cent of service points, including 90 per cent on first serve.

Auger-Aliassime, the eighth seed in Madrid, did not face break point, and converted four of the eight break chances he had against 10th-seeded Sinner.

The Canadian took the first meeting between two of the ATP Tours brightest young stars. Auger-Aliassime, 21, came into the tournament ranked 10th in the world, with the 20-year-old Sinner ranked 12th.

Auger-Aliassime will face defending Madrid champion Alexander Zverev of Germany in the quarterfinals. It will be the seventh meeting between the two, with Zverev holding a 4-2 edge in the career head-to-head series.

Zverev, the world No. 3, advanced to the quarters when Italian qualifier Lorenzo Musetti retired from their third-round match trailing 6-3, 1-0.

- This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 5, 2022

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