Felix Auger-Aliassime: I came to Vienna determined to clinch my first win here

Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime came to Vienna determined to finally clinch his first win at the tournament. 

Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 12 in the world, earned his first Vienna win on Tuesday after beating Ricardas Berankis 6-3 6-2. 

Auger-Aliassime suffered first round exits in Vienna in 2018 and 2020. 

“I’ve always loved the city. The people here are very nice everywhere, so I’ve always enjoyed my time, but never played well,” Auger-Aliassime said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “So this year I really wanted to get my first win and I did.”

Auger-Aliassime routinely handled Berankis 

Auger-Aliassime saved a break point in the third game, before claiming the first break of the match in the fourth game. 

Auger-Aliassime failed to convert a set point in the eighth game but served out for the opener in the ninth game. 

After losing the first set, Berankis started the second set with a 2-0 lead. 

Berankis completely shut down after winning the opening two games of the second set as Auger-Aliassime claimed three breaks in a row and won six consecutive games to book a straight-set win. 

Auger-Aliassime plays next against Indian Wells Masters champion Cameron Norrie. 

Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Casper Ruud saw off Lloyd Harris 7-5 7-6 (2) to clinch his 50th win of the season. 

“This is the 50th win, so that shows it’s been a very good year,” Ruud said in his on-court interview. “In that way you don’t really have too much time to think [that] you’re tired, but obviously everyone will feel it, even more now [at] the end of the season.

“I know now it’s the sprint of the Race in the end of the year. I know it’s only a couple of weeks left, so I will try to still forget that I’m tired and keep on pushing.”