Alexei Popyrin defeats Felix Auger Aliassime in Adelaide –

Tennis News: Alexei Popyrin picked up his third win over a top 10 player by surprisingly beating world number 6 Felix Auger Aliassime in the 2023 Adelaide International 1 season.

The host tennis players did their best to defeat second seed Auger Aliassime 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of Adelaide International 1.

After coming through the qualifying rounds, the world number 120 quickly found his groove, executing brilliantly both forehand and backhand to not leave much time for Canadian tennis player Auger Aliassime, who is playing for the first time in the 2023 season. .

“A really positive victory for me, especially after last season when I had only five wins in ATP tournaments,” said Popyrin.

“For me, it’s a very, very important victory. I knew I had the level to play against someone like him and this time I proved it. I feel delighted. To be honest, I don’t am not surprised, but I feel good.

The 23-year-old fired 23 aces and fought back 1-4 in set number two before holding back the tension in the second-set tiebreaker in what ended after 1 hour 53 minutes and her first encounter against the Canadian.

Auger Aliassime is 60-27 in 2022, including four titles won. But the 22-year-old failed to find his best level of play and narrowly missed at crucial moments in his first game of the 2023 season.

Popyrin, who also picked up top-10 wins over Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, will next face American Marcos Giron who toppled French veteran Richard Gasquet 7-6 6-7 7-5.

In other events, fifth seed Holger Rune also met the same fate as Auger Aliassime after losing to Japanese tennis player Yoshihito Nishioka.

Nishioka, 27, currently at his career-high to date, ranked 36th in the world, fought his way through Rune 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 before securing his second-round match against the American Mackenzie. McDonalds.

Meanwhile, Serbian tennis player, Miomir Kecmanovic started the new season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over host player, Christopher O’Connell. He has the opportunity to face third seed Daniil Medvedev who will start the Adelaide International 1 against Italian tennis player Lorenzo Sonego.

Article tags: Tennis, Adelaide International 1, Alexei Popyrin, Felix Auger Aliassime, Yoshihito Nishioka

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