Auger-Aliassime through to Wimbledon third round with win over Ymer

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime plays a return to Sweden's Mikael Ymer during the men's singles second round match on day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday July 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassme is through to the third round of Wimbledon after posting a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 win over Sweden's Mikael Ymer on Thursday.

The 16th-seeded Auger-Aliassime fired 19 aces in the match and won 80 per cent of first serve points.

The 20-year-old Canadian also proved to be opportunistic, winning four of his five break-point chances.

"The crowd was good. I saw a few Canadian flags. That's always good to see," Auger-Aliassime said. "Canada Day always falls during Wimbledon. The last two times I've gotten a win on that day, so hopefully it will bring me luck over the rest of my career."

Ymer broke Auger-Aliassime twice on five chaces and had 28 unforced errors, 11 fewer than his opponent.

Auger-Aliassime faces Australia's Nick Kyrgios in a third-round match Saturday. The Canadian won the only other meeting between the two at the 2019 Queen's Club Wimbledon warm-up event.

"He's an amazing player," Auger-Aliassime said of Kyrgios. "We played in Queen's two years ago. Almost tiebreaks every set.

"He has everything that a player needs to play well, especially on grass. He serves amazing. It's going to be a tough match for me."

Auger-Aliassime also advanced to the third round in his Wimbledon debut in 2019 before losing to France's Ugo Humbert. He made it to the quarterfinals of the men's junior competition in 2016.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., plays a third-round match Friday when he takes on two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain, a favourite at the All England Club.

"Obviously it's going to be my first time on Centre Court at Wimbledon, so it's definitely super exciting for me and my team and my career," Shapovalov said.

"Definitely a match I grew up wanting to play against Andy in the spotlight like this. It's going to be a lot of fun out there."

In first-round women's doubles action Thursday, the ninth-seeded team of Toronto's Sharon Fichman and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico defeated Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Germany's Vivian Heisen 6-2, 6-1.

Japan's Ena Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama defeated Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and France's Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 1, 2021.

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