“He tested me and made me earn my win” Felix Auger-Aliassime survives the Marin Cilic test to enter the 2022 Australian Open quarter-final

Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime reaches his first-ever quarter-final at Melbourne Park as he defeats Marin Cilic to reach the last-8 of the 2022 Australian Open.

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Marin Cilic
Felix Auger-Aliassime and Marin Cilic

9th seed at the 2022 Australian Open, Felix Auger-Aliassime defeats former finalist and the 27th seed Marin Cilic to enter the quarter-finals of the Slam. Felix won the match 2-6,7-6(6), 6-2, 7-6(4) in a long 3 hour and 35 minutes battle on the John Cain Arena to reach his first-ever Australian Open quarter-final.

In a battle of aces, Cilic finished with 24 aces, 8 double faults, 61 winners, 60 unforced errors and won all 2 of his breakpoints finishing the match with 124 points. Felix had 22 aces, 4 double faults, 38 winners, 31 unforced errors and could win only 2 of the 15 breakpoints to clinch the match with 135 points and move into the next round.

“It feels amazing. I mean it puts it even higher as I lost against him 3 times in past and it was my first win against him and it came in an important match like this. He is a champion, the way he plays, he tested me and made me earn my win and I am happy to win the way I did.

“He was clean at the start of the match, I played one poor game at 4-2 and he was just playing better than me doing everything better. The 2nd set was tight, it was a crucial turnaround you can’t afford to be 0-2 going into the 3rd set. It was crucial and in the third, I just felt better and better. Some good tennis and thanks to you guys for the support,” said Felix during his on-court interview with Adrian Franklin.

Felix Auger-Aliassime discusses his quarter-final match

Felix Auger-Aliassime
Felix Auger-Aliassime

The Canadian youngster will now play Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals with the Russian coming into the tie having defeated Maxime Cressy in 4-sets on the Margaret Court Arena. Felix then told how will he spend the break he has now before the quarter-final clash on Wednesday.

“The body has been great. I am feeling good it was hot at the start with the sun here in Australia, the shadow at the end helped. It was all right, I feel good, it is very early in the day, I can recover before the match on Wednesday. Plans for tonight, nice dinner with team and family and watch a bit of end of the Cressy-Medvedev match in the locker room and have nice food and get ready for Wednesday,” concluded Felix.

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