Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime was happy with the way he performed against top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman at the Rome Masters. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 21 in the world, demolished Schwartzman as he beat the world No.
10 6-1 6-3. Auger-Aliassime won the opening three games of the match, before Schwartzman served out fhe fourth game to get on the board. The Canadian then won the following three games to seal the opener. Schwartzman recovered from an early break down in the second set but Auger-Aliassime then claimed two more breaks to book a straight-set win.
"Yeah, it was tricky conditions overall. A lot of rain, heavy conditions. I think maybe it suited me better. I think he was struggling to find openings on the court. I mean, I took advantage of that. I kept going for my shot with no hesitation, stick to my game plan.
I was able to do that well outside of the little bit of slump in the second when I got broken back. I missed a few easy shots," Auger-Aliassime said after beating Schwartzman. "Outside of that, I mean, it was a complete match from my part.
Even though, yes, of course, when there's a score like this you expect one opponent to not play as good. But I'm happy with the way I handled business today."
Auger-Aliassime clinched his third top-10 win
"I don't know.
I don't think about rankings too much to be honest. Of course, Diego is a tough opponent always. Again, sometimes matches against those ranked 20, 30, 40, are tougher. Of course, most of the time players in the top 10 are tough.
For me it's just two men trying to win. That's really what it is," Auger-Aliassime claimed. Auger-Aliassime dominated the match from the start until the end and Schwartzman never really stood a chance. "I was able to, I don't know, dictate from start to finish without looking back really.
At the same time I was able to be solid when I needed to, to kind of get the advantage back in the second set," Auger-Aliassime said. "I mean, I can be happy also with the way I served. Outside of one game, it was very complete.
Yeah, I mean, overall good performance from my part. Straight sets. I can be happy to get through also before the rain and to be in the third round."