Another year, another Australian Open sad for Félix Auger-Aliassime, as he is eliminated by Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals after the Russian made a big comeback.
The Canadian led by two sets to love, and even had a match point in the fourth set, but the world number 2 was able to fight back and eventually win the high-quality affair in five sets.
This is the second consecutive year that Auger-Aliassime has been eliminated from the Australian Open in a match where he was two sets. This year, after playing two excellent sets where he surpassed the 2021 runner-up from the baseline, he could not maintain his level and ended up with 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (2). ) 7-5 case. 6-4 after four hours and 42 minutes.
64 winners were ultimately not enough for Auger-Aliassime, who also made 75 unforced errors and will regret converting just two of 11 break points.
Medvedev has now won all four of their events on tour.
Through the first two sets, it was Auger-Aliassime who controlled proceedings, who struck his big bases with a lot of margin for error and forced Medvedev to scramble on defense.
A couple of double faults in the first set-up of the Russian allowed Auger-Aliassime to take the opening set. He then took advantage of a few mistakes to grab an early break in the second set and eventually turn it into a two-set lead.
Auger-Aliassime had chances to end the match in the third and fourth sets, including a match point at the Medvedev discount at 5-4 in the fourth, but the world number 2 refused to go away and all denying the Canadians’ opportunities. .
After finishing the third set in a draw and the fourth set with a break at 5-all, Medvedev got an early break in the fifth set thanks to a double fault by Auger-Aliassime. Once he had the lead, the Russian continued and saved a few break points, including when he served for the game, to complete the return.
With Auger-Aliassime’s defeat, there are no more Canadians in the Australian Open.