Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime prevails in opener at Australian Open tune-up event

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime opened his 2021 season with a 6-3 6-1 win over Japan's Yuichi Sugita in the second round of the Murray River Open on Wednesday.

The third-seeded Auger-Aliassime, who got a first-round bye at the Australian Open tune-up event, won 87 per cent of his points when he got his first serve in and saved all three break points he faced.

The 21st-ranked Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, finished off the world No. 104 in just over 65 minutes.

Auger-Aliassime will face world No. 78 Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in the third round. The 20-year-old Canadian has a 2-0 lifetime record against Gerasimov.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 3, 2021.

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