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Auger-Aliassime Serves Past Nishioka at French Open – Tennis Canada

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Félix Auger-Aliassime could not have asked for a better start to his campaign, cruising past Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets on a rainy Monday morning at the French Open. 

Not even multiple rain delays could break the 21st-seeds rhythm, as he dominated with his serve and kept Nishioka under constant pressure, advancing to the second round of Roland-Garros for just the second time with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win. 

It was a near-perfect serving performance from the Canadian, who never faced a break point in the match. He won 84 per cent of his first-serve points and 77 per cent of service points overall. He also had 44 winners, twice as many as his opponent.  

Auger-Aliassime started applying pressure right from the start, holding a pair of break points in the opening game before coaxing an error at 30-40 in the third to break for a 2-1 lead.  

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The Canadian was firing on all cylinders early on, winning his first 12 points on serve including a game where he held with three aces. By the time Nishioka even won a point on return, Auger-Aliassime was serving for the set up a double break. 

As the second set went along, closing out games started to become a problem for Nishioka. At 3-3, the Japanese let a 40-love lead slip away and ended up having to save three break points.  

In his next service game, Nishioka found himself locked at deuce having led 30-love. He missed a few chances to close out the game, with the Canadian pulling off some incredible passing shots, and then flubbed a forehand volley to finally surrender what proved to be the decisive break of the set. 

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Rain paused play for over an hour when Auger-Aliassime was two points from serving out the set, but he had no trouble finishing it off when play resumed. 

The delay did not affect the Canadian’s momentum as he immediately broke to start the third set, hitting back-to-back winners from deuce to seize the early initiative. 

That break held through the set, but Auger-Aliassime had to wait to finish off the match as rain once again sent them back to the locker room before he served at 5-4. When they came back, the Canadian was pushed to deuce but hit his way out of the jam and into the second round. 

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In round two, Auger-Aliassime will face the winner between Max Purcell and Henri Squire. 

Monday is a busy day for the Canadians in Paris, with four contesting their first-round matches if weather permits. Bianca Andreescu, Leylah Annie Fernandez, and Denis Shapovalov all kick off their campaigns later in the day. 

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