May 06, 2019
By Andy Johnson
Montreal tennis sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime fought through a tight match yesterday, to beat fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Madrid Open.
The 18-year old took the victory from the Richmond Hill native in straight sets.
The win now sets up the most challenging match of Auger-Aliassime’s career. He’ll face world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the second round of the clay-court event. Nadal, who had a bye in the first round, is considered the best clay-court player in the world.
Auger-Aliassime has rocketed up the world tennis rankings this year, thanks in large part to some strong results in South American clay-court events, highlighted by a runner-up showing at the Rio Open.