Felix Auger-Aliassime: Always a big challenge to play Stefanos Tsitsipas

World No. 18 Felix Auger-Aliassime fell short to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Acapulco quarterfinal but he was happy with the level he showed against the No. 1 seed. 

Auger-Aliassime, seeded at No. 7, lost 7-5 4-6 6-3 to the Greek in his attempt to reach his maiden Acapulco semifinal. 

Tsitsipas recovered from a break down in the first set to win a tight opener. 

Auger-Aliassime then broke Tsitsipas in the third game of the second set and held on to his serve to force a third set. 

In the third set, the Greek claimed the lone break of the set in the eighth game to seal a tight win. 

“I think it’s one of the best matches we’ve played,” Auger-Aliassime said, per the ATP website. “I think the last four times it was straightforward my way or his way. 

“This time around we played three sets and honestly there was everything in the match… Yeah it’s always a big challenge to play him. I try to bring my best tennis against Stefanos, the intensity is always really high. 

“I feel like I’m at a similar level as him. Some days it goes on his side, some days on mine, so hopefully next time I get my chance and take it.”

Auger-Aliassime now down to Tsitsipas in their head-to-head

Auger-Aliassime won the first two meetings against Tsitsipas but the Greek has since won their last three matches. 

“Yes I think it would [become a great rivalry],” Tsitsipas said. “I think there is plenty of [time for] both of us left on tour, which means we’re definitely going to face each many more times and it’s important for our sport. 

“It’s important we both share our own personalities and our own style of game, which adds so much to this game. I also think it’s important to have players like him that are very disciplined and very good at what they do, very calm on court.”