The world No. 6, Felix Auger-Aliassime, was eliminated in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Miami.
Francisco Cerundolo is at home in Miami! Last year, for his very first participation in the Florida tournament, the one who was then 103rd in the world had climbed to the semi-finals (benefiting however from two withdrawals) before losing against Casper Ruud. This year, the 24-year-old Argentinian is now 31st in the world, and here he is in the round of 16, after taking his revenge on Felix Auger-Aliassime. Beaten in four sets by the Canadian in the third round of the Australian Open then in two sets in the round of 16 in Indian Wells, Cerundolo won this time against the world No. 6, with a score of 6-2 , 7-5 in 1h42 at the end of a well controlled match (despite 7 double faults on the clock). The Argentinian signed an almost perfect first set, breaking from the start and at 3-1, while losing only four points on his serve (he won all his service games at 40-15).
Sport Make way for clay for Auger-Aliassime
In the second set, Cerundolo missed an entry break point, but not at 2-2. However, Auger-Aliassime did not give up and managed to unbreak quickly to come back to 4-4. But the Canadian was definitely not having a great day, and at 5-5, he again lost his serve. The Argentinian shook a bit at the end, having to save a 6-6 ball, but he finally won on his third match point, on the 19th unforced error by Felix Auger-Aliassime (who only managed seven winning shots in this match). For his second round of 16 in Miami, Francisco Cerundolo will face Lorenzo Sonego or Frances Tiafoe. As for the Canadian, he leaves the United States with a mixed impression (but it’s still better than last year, when he didn’t win any matches), and he could even leave the Top 10 if the results are unfavorable to him this week. We will find him in two weeks on the side of Monte-Carlo, he who has 705 points to defend (quarters in Barcelona, Estoril, Madrid and Rome in particular) during the spring season on clay.