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Auger-Aliassime Takes #NextGenATP Wimbledon Battle
Felix Auger-Aliassime won his first Grand Slam match on Monday at Wimbledon

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime is a top contender for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. © Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime persevered in an up-and-down #NextGenATP battle on Wednesday to advance to the third round at Wimbledon. The 18-year-old beat 20-year-old Frenchman Corentin Moutet 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a matchup fans could see again at this year's Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 5-9 November in Milan.

Auger-Aliassime, who's making his Wimbledon debut, broke five times to push past Moutet, who made the third round at Roland Garros.

He's improved a lot. I played him last year in the Lyon [ATP] Challenger, I won 6-2, 6-2. I felt this is a completely different player. I felt like I could have been more aggressive on my side, but I felt like just playing normal,” Auger-Aliassime said. “He was holding the ball well and moving it around and being very aggressive. Any time he had the chance, he came in quite a lot.

In the end, I was able to maybe serve a little better and find a way to victory. That's positive.”

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The 19th-seeded Auger-Aliassime will next face another #NextGenATP Frenchman in Ugo Humbert, who beat Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-5. Humbert is through to his first third round at a Grand Slam and is also a favourite to play in Milan come November. The 21-year-old left-hander made the second round of the US Open last year (l. to Wawrinka).

Auger-Aliassime is in second place in the ATP Race To Milan, and Moutet is currently in the eighth position, with Humbert just behind in ninth. The top seven in the Race will automatically qualify for the 21-and-under event, with the eighth place reserved for an Italian wild card.

The Canadian has been picked by many to make a run at Wimbledon and potentially face World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round. But Auger-Aliassime said he's not letting the external pressure get to him.

“I don't try to add extra pressure from the outside. I think I put extra pressure from myself already. Yeah, I'm sometimes hard on myself, but I think it's all normal. You have to learn how to deal with it. You can't escape it. You can't hide it. This is in your life and you learn how to deal with it,” Auger-Aliassime said.

Russian Daniil Medvedev matched his best Wimbledon run, overcoming a slow start to beat #NextGenATP Aussie Alexei Popyrin 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and make the third round.

The 11th seed won nearly 70 per cent of his net points (28/41) and faced only two break points in the two-hour, 31-minute match. Medvedev reached the Round of 32 at SW19 last year before falling to France's Adrian Mannarino in five sets. The Russian made the fourth round of the Australian Open in January.

2019 Tour-Level Win Leaders

Player

Record

Stefanos Tsitsipas

34-15

Roger Federer

33-4

Rafael Nadal

33-5

Novak Djokovic

30-6

Daniil Medvedev

30-13

The 23-year-old notched his 30th tour-level win of the season, good enough for fourth on the ATP Tour, and will next meet 21st seed David Goffin. The Belgian won 44 per cent of his return points and beat France's Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. Goffin reached the final of the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle last month and has twice advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon (2015, 2016).

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