May 06, 2019

By Andy Johnson

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Montreal tennis sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime fought through a tight match yesterday, to beat fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Madrid Open.


The 18-year old took the victory from the Richmond Hill native in straight sets.

The win now sets up the most challenging match of Auger-Aliassime’s career. He’ll face world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the second round of the clay-court event. Nadal, who had a bye in the first round, is considered the best clay-court player in the world.

Auger-Aliassime has rocketed up the world tennis rankings this year, thanks in large part to some strong results in South American clay-court events, highlighted by a runner-up showing at the Rio Open.

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