Auger-Aliassime makes history, sets up Isner semi in Miami


Canadian Qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime at 18 years-old, became the youngest Miami semifinalist in the tournament's history on Wednesday night when he upset No. 11 seed Borna Coric of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-2 inside Hard Rock Stadium. It was nerves. I couldn't get a second serve in. "I didn't feel like it was the focus or concentration".

Now the youngest player ranked within ATP top 100 Felix Auger-Aliassime hails from canada, born to a Togolese father Sam Aliassime. "It's great to hear all these good comments from them".

"Playing Borna, who's been established for a few years now, I definitely didn't expect to win", Auger-Aliassime said postmatch, per ATP. He and Boric exchanged baseline rallies throughout the opening set and Felix was often seen taking charge.

John Isner and Roger Federer each won their semifinal match on Friday, setting up a match between the tournament's last two champions on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla. Even the first serve, if you put it in, you don't have to hit the second serve. "You know, that's all I can ask at this point". "I am so happy to be one match away from defending the title".

Miami Open 2019
Miami Open 2019

"Obviously it's a privilege to be compared to all these great players", Auger-Aliassime said.

Despite the loss, Shapovalov will climb to a career-best No. 20 in the rankings.

The stunning win took Auger Aliassime's career record against top-20 opponents to an astonishing 5-0. The cardio thing I have dealt with since I was eight, so I wasn't scared for my health or anything, I just couldn't believe it happened at that moment.

But neither can match the extraordinary statistic that Auger-Aliassime posted in Wednesday night's quarter-final, when he duffed up 11th seed Borna Coric in nearly casual fashion.

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Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is ranked a career-high No. 2 and will rise to No. 1 if she wins the title. Kvitova plays Australian Ashleigh Barty for a place in the semi-finals.

"It was a tactical match by me", Federer said.

The shortcomings against Isner should not overshadow the fact that Auger-Aliassime served brilliantly and to devastating effect in winning other matches - ideal examples being against No. 36 Marton Fucsovics in the second round and No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the round-of-16.

There was a repeat in the second set.

The 18-year-old Montreal native lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) to Isner in a tight semifinal at the ATP Tour Masters 1000 event earlier on Friday. He can really put you in uncomfortable situations.

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"Pretty insane. Everyone is super excited back home", said Auger-Aliassime, who wasn't in the top 100 of the world rankings two months ago and now will climb to No. 33 next week - if not higher. "I think, yeah, a lot of belief, a lot of positive things happening, and I think it's just pushing us". "I don't think he has any weaknesses".

The women's final Saturday will match No. 5 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic against No. 12 Ashleigh Barty of Australia.

"So I think that's a huge lesson to not give up, stay calm, and just work every day". Once again the juvenile, Felix Auger-Aliassime got an opportunity to serve for the set, but however, it was squandered with a double fault and forehand drive volley from Isner's end.

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