National bank open: Félix Auger-Aliassime has an appointment with Casper Ruud

National bank open: Félix Auger-Aliassime has an appointment with Casper Ruud

For his quarter-final game, Félix Auger-Aliassime has a big client in front of him: Casper Ruud.

With the elimination of the top three tournament favorites, the Norwegian is now the top-ranked player still in contention. Ruud, the seventh player in the world, will do whatever it takes to break up the party on Central Thursday.

Auger-Aliassime and Ruud have faced each other twice since the beginning of their careers.

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So far every player has won.

The Quebecer won in Miami in 2019 while his closest opponent had the final say in Spain last year.

A very interesting duel between two players of the new generation. It could be a very close duel.

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“I saw Casper play [contre Roberto Bautista Agut], analyzed the pride of Ahuntsic municipality. It was a very high level game.

“He’s a player who reached a final at a Masters on hard. He’s very good on clay but he’s developing into a very complete player. It will be a difficult opponent.

” Morning [vendredi], it will be a very good test to see where I stand. »

A relief

After a tougher start, Auger-Aliassime looked more relaxed in their duel against Norrie. We felt him there in full possession of his means.

“The fact that I passed the first game took a huge load off my shoulders,” said Auger-Aliassime. Getting me out in the first game after a three-year absence would have been disappointing. Winning that first duel set me free.

“Now I can focus on the rest of the tournament. As I do the rest of the year. »

Auger-Aliassime got off to a strong start with four cannonballs on serve, including two aces.

“From the first hits with the racquet, I felt freer. I felt good. Him [Norrie] was also in a good light.

“Up until the middle of the round I wasn’t confident in winning the match in straight sets like it happened. »