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Auger-Aliassime ends five-match losing streak, tops Berrettini in Cincinnati

Felix Auger-Aliassime Felix Auger-Aliassime - The Canadian Press

CINCINNATI — Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime ended a five-match losing streak with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Italy's Matteo Berrettini on Monday in first-round action at the Cincinnati Masters.

The 23-year-old from Montreal served to love in the final game, going up 30-love with his ninth ace of the match and winning a seven-shot rally on his first match point.

After a breakout season that saw him win four tournaments, lead Canada to a Davis Cup title and reach a career-high ranking of sixth on the ATP Tour, Auger-Aliassime has had a difficult 2023 campaign.

He entered Cincinnati with a 13-13 record on the season and saw his world ranking dip to No. 14. His five match-losing streak came against opponents ranked between No. 78 and No. 130.

But he rallied to win a tough first-round matchup against Berrettini, who entered the match with a 4-1 career edge in head-to-head matchups against the Canadian.

Berrettini is ranked 38th in the world, but like Auger-Aliassime reached No. 6 last year.

After dropping the first set, Auger-Aliassime dominated the second with breaks in the fourth and eighth games.

Auger-Aliassime took a crucial break to go up 4-2 in the third set when Berrettini hit into a double fault on break point.

Auger-Aliassime will next face French veteran Adrian Mannarino in the first career meeting between the players.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 14, 2023.