TORONTO (AP) – Quarter-finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime at Wimbledon lost his first Masters match in his home country of Canada on Wednesday, 7-5, 6-4 to Dusan Lajovic.
Auger-Alessem, originally from Montreal, was the ninth seed in the tournament and advanced straight to the second round. He had just lost the first round match at the Tokyo Olympics.
“I played a lot of tennis, although I didn’t win many matches in the Olympics last week,” admitted Ogier Al-Asim. “There was a lot of traveling, a lot of training, a lot of balls hit and I think that made a bit of a mess for me. I don’t know.”
Another local tennis player, Denis Shapovalov, lost 6-1, 6-4 to American Frances Tiafoe.
Shapovalov came in as the fifth candidate and should not have been in the first round either.
“Obviously this wasn’t the perfect performance, so I’m by no means happy,” he said after the defeat in the second round.
Tiafoe will face France’s Gael Monfils (11) and Australia’s John Millman in the third round on Thursday.
In the women’s tournament, which is being held in Montreal, Canadian Rebecca Marino, who arrived by invitation, continued to live by defeating Paula Padusa 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Marino, 30, stunned by defeating 16th seed Madison Keys in the first round.
Marino was ranked 39th in the world in 2011, but he has been away from the sport for nearly five years due to depression. It is currently located at number 220.
Marino will face top-seeded Belarusian Arina Sabalenka, who defeated American Sloane Stephens 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4.
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