In one of the most competitive match of the tournament, Felix Auger Aliassime got the better of fourth seed Alexander Zverev on Court No.1. Felix won the match in five sets, 6-4,7-6(6),3-6,3-6,6-4. The Canadian has also made it to the quarterfinals of a grand slam for the first time and joins fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
The match started of a very high note as both players were bang on serve right from the start. They engaged in long rallies and were setting up the points beautifully. Felix matched Zverev in his groundstrokes with the later keeping the ball as low as possible. But courtesy a late break of serve, the Canadian managed to take the opening set 6-4.
Zverev was doing himself no favours with his double faults. He was serving well, but was hitting double faults at constant intervals which broke all his momentum. The story continued in the second set too, with Zverev giving Felix some free points on his serve. But his big match temperament kicked in and he drew level at 6-6. The tie-breaker was even intense than the set but eventually Felix consolidated a mini- break and won it to take a 2 sets to love lead.
But the fourth seed wasn’t done yet. He proved his mettle once again and bounced back in style. He managed to hit the first serve in place and pushed Felix deep in the court. As a result, he got the decisive break and took the set 6-3. Felix looked startled by Zverev’s level all of a sudden and didn’t seem to have answers in the fourth set too. Zverev stormed past the young Canadian and won the fourth set 6-3 to force a decider.
Both the players came into the fifth set with fresh mindset and tried different things from the baseline. They both serve serving very well early on and a lapse of concentration from Zverev meant that Felix had a break, which he consolidated to win the set 6-4. His reaction at the end showed what the win meant to him.