Felix Auger-Aliassime’s dream of taking part in in a U.S. Open males’s closing should look forward to subsequent yr.
The 21-year-old from Montreal misplaced in straight units Friday, dropping a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 determination to second-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia.
The loss leaves Canada’s Grand Slam hopes on the shoulders of 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez, who makes her debut within the ladies’s closing Saturday towards Emma Raducanu of Nice Britain.
“Daniil was the higher participant on the courtroom at the moment, for certain,” Auger-Aliassime stated after the match.
“I needed to play at my finest degree and even higher if I needed to win at the moment, and I did not do it lengthy sufficient.”
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Auger-Aliassime, who was seeded twelfth, held his personal all through the semifinal towards the highly effective Medvedev, because of artful play on the web and returns his opponent usually despatched effectively previous the baseline.
However a string of first-serve misses and double-faults noticed the Canadian relinquish a number of scoring alternatives, particularly early within the first set, which Medvedev — who barely appeared to interrupt a sweat all through the match — claimed simply.
And with a 5-2 lead within the second set, Auger-Aliassime did not capitalize on his set level alternatives.
The Russian fought again to win 5 straight video games and take management of the match.
Even Medvedev himself sounded stunned that he managed to win in straight units.
“Everyone felt it was going to be one set [each] after the second,” he stated, describing the reversal of fortune as a key turning level for each gamers.
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“You by no means understand how a match goes to go,” Medvedev stated as he described closing the hole. “That is the second I might break him mentally, and that is what occurred.”
Auger-Aliassime dedicated 39 unforced errors, together with 10 double-faults, three of them coming within the opening recreation. He managed solely 17 winners to 37 for Medvedev, who had simply 25 unforced errors.
Auger-Aliassime turned the primary Canadian to achieve the U.S. Open males’s semifinals earlier this week when Carlos Alcaraz of Spain retired from their quarterfinal match with a leg damage.
However he clearly had his arms full with Medvedev, regardless of the exhortations of a New York crowd that has demonstrated its affinity for Canadian gamers all through the event.
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“A participant like this, you simply haven’t got room for making errors, room for dropping your focus, which I did on the finish of the second,” Auger-Aliassime stated.
“He took benefit of it.”
Fernandez, whose shocking run to the ultimate continued Thursday with a win over Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, has attributed a lot of her success to the assist of the U.S. followers.
Auger-Aliassime proved a favorite with the group Friday as effectively, significantly these brandishing Maple Leaf flags. “Go get ’em, Felix,” they shouted. “C’mon, Felix. You bought this.”
He did not depart Flushing Meadows fully empty-handed, nevertheless: organizers introduced Auger-Aliassime with the event’s sportsmanship award, which works to the gamers who most personify the spirit of the sport over the course of the sequence.
Nonetheless, he could not masks his disappointment.
“It is nice,” Auger-Aliassime stated half-heartedly of what has certainly been a robust season-long efficiency, one which included his first-ever journey to the Wimbledon quarterfinals, in addition to Friday’s semifinal berth.
“The ultimate,” he added, “would have been even higher.”
In ladies’s doubles, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Brazil’s Luisa Stefani misplaced their semifinal match to the American duo of Coco Gauff and Catherine McNally.
Stefani landed awkwardly close to the online throughout a first-set tiebreaker and injured her leg. Dabrowski and Stefani had a 2-1 edge within the tiebreaker on the time.
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It is going to be Medvedev’s second look within the males’s closing in three years after dropping to Rafael Nadal in 2019. He’ll face both No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic or fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who sq. off later Friday.
Djokovic is making an attempt to change into the primary man since 1969 to win all 4 Grand Slam tournaments in a single calendar yr. The feat was final achieved by Rod Laver, the long-lasting Australian who basked in a heartfelt ovation Friday halfway by way of the match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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