On Day 2 of the Citi Open, within the nation’s capital, the No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada got here again to beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Within the match, 37-year-old Seppi, who’s an extremely easy mover and pleasure to look at, saved seven of twelve break factors, so he didn’t make it straightforward for 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime, who had a robust serving day, with 9 aces and solely two double faults.
After the match, Auger-Aliassime talked in his press convention about overcoming the gradual begin. “Yeah, properly, I feel first I allowed myself to play a nasty first set, despite the fact that it’s by no means nice to begin a match like this, to begin a event like this. However in my thoughts, I needed to discover a approach to come again.
“I feel to get that early break and to type of get the lead within the second set helped me loads. I feel I served somewhat bit higher. I feel I put extra quantity on my shot, extra peak. I feel I used to be extra affected person additionally. A bit bit possibly within the first set lacking too rapidly within the rallies.
“I feel simply the mix of all of that, additionally simply digging deep bodily and mentally, allowed me to come back again properly within the match, to complete sturdy within the third set.
“I’m pleased with the best way issues rotated for me as we speak.”
Auger-Aliassime spoke about taking part in an awesome 2021 Wimbledon, the place he made the quarterfinals, and his first-round loss within the Tokyo Olympics and the way the comeback win over Seppi will assist him.
“Yeah, I feel this win hopefully will assist me, positive, due to course Wimbledon has been nice, however the transition has not been straightforward bodily, mentally, the touring. I feel I’m nonetheless somewhat bit jetlagged from Tokyo. Simply this complete mixture hasn’t made it straightforward for me the final couple weeks after Wimbledon.
“However to dig deep and to discover a approach to I assume win ugly in a means, getting back from actually a poor set of tennis within the first, to come back again and win it, yeah, it’s good that I may win matches that means, not solely taking part in my greatest tennis and successful in straight units.”
In the meantime, Australian fan favourite Nick Kyrgios, the event’s 2019 champion, misplaced on Tuesday night time to American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-4.
Afterward, Kyrgios mentioned: “I don’t actually really feel like my physique and my thoughts fairly perceive the severity of some factors right here or there as a result of I haven’t performed that a lot. Look, I’m disenchanted.”
Kyrgios, although, will stay in Washington as he’s taking part in doubles with American Frances Tiafoe, the hometown favourite, who additionally misplaced his opening match.
Kyrgios added: “As I’ve mentioned, I received doubles nonetheless this week. I’ll try to take pleasure in each little bit of time I’ve on courtroom. I’ll get again on the observe courtroom. All I can do is simply hold making an attempt to play, hold swinging and hopefully issues will flip.
“The extra tennis I play day in, day trip, hopefully I’ll get some momentum, get again to a few of the outdated tennis that I can play. As of now, I can’t be too arduous on myself.”