Evans 0-1 Auger-Aliassime
In general, the Canadian starts almost perfectly, doesn’t lose a point with strong serves and holds his first service with another service winner and a forehand longline to zero.
Auger-Aliassime opens the match after winning the coin toss and starts off perfectly with an ace.
Last year both met for the first time, even in Australia. En route to the title, Dan Evans won the Murray River Open in straight sets.
The Canadian, on the other hand, had been on the court for almost eight hours in his two matches and had to fight hard not to be eliminated prematurely as nine on the seeding list. Against Emil Ruusuvuori he just won 6:4, 0:6, 3:6, 6:3, 6:4 and then against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in a true tie-break thriller with 7:6, 6:7, 7:6, 7:6. Last year, the Canadian did not drop a set until the round of 16, but was then eliminated by Aslan Karatsev – still his best result in this Grand Slam. This year everything should go even better with his seeding position and the semi-finals at the US Open should also be repeated in Australia.
The British number two was only on the court for almost two hours at this Australian Open, because in the second round he made it through without a fight against Arthur Rinderknech, who was unable to compete due to injury. And in the first round, the Briton surprisingly clearly prevailed in three sets 6:4, 6:3, 6:0 against Belgian David Goffin, who had slipped significantly down in the world rankings. A year ago he had won the preparatory tournament for the Murray Open beforehand, but was then immediately eliminated by compatriot Cam Norrie, this time the Brit seems to be in a better mood. After a strong ATP Cup, he also followed suit at the Grand Slam, but today he has to prove that he is made of different stuff, because he was only able to win two third-round games at a major.
Good morning and welcome to the third round game at the Australian Open. Daniel Evans meets Felix Auger-Aliassime at this early stage. It starts in the John Cain Arena at 7:00 a.m. CET.