Felix Auger-Aliassime played his first match at Wimbledon and while pressed in the opening set out on Court 12, he quickly got into his stride to power his way past his fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3 to make his successful debut on the lawns of the AELTC.
At the same time with the level I’m playing now and my ambitions, I look forward and I look to go even further than that Felix Auger Aliassime
For the young 19th seeded 18 year-old, it proved to be his first win at grand slam level having made his debut at the US Open last year.
The Montreal teenager produced 27 winners but also made 24 unforced errors during the two hour 47-minute match.
“Just for any player to get his first Grand Slam win is a big relief, and it’s a good achievement for me,” Auger-Aliassime said. “At the same time with the level I’m playing now and my ambitions, I look forward and I look to go even further than that.”
Pospisil, who had back surgery last year, acknowledged he had been well tested by the youngster. “It was a lot of positives, to be honest … Considering I haven’t played for eight months, I was hitting the ball well,” he said. “I mean, I started pretty well. I think as the match was going down, my level was just dropping a little bit. His was going up.
“You know, you’ve gotta be in top shape and playing extremely well to be beat Felix in any match — best-of-five, especially.”