Canada’s Auger-Aliassime falls to Ruud in National Bank Open quarterfinals

MONTREAL — Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime is out of the National Bank Open after dropping a 6-1, 6-2 resolution to Norway’s Casper Ruud in quarterfinal play Friday at IGA Stadium.

The Montrealer was the final remaining Canadian in the ATP Tour occasion. 

Auger-Aliassime entered play with out dropping a set this week however got here out flat on an overcast afternoon. Ruud wrapped up the primary set in a brisk 36 minutes and did not let up from there to the frustration of the partisan crowd.

The fourth-seeded Ruud will subsequent play No. 8 Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-1 winner over Nick Kyrgios.

Unseeded gamers had been scheduled to play in the night quarterfinals. American Tommy Paul was to face Britain’s Daniel Evans and Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta was to meet British qualifier Jack Draper.

Auger-Aliassime could not get on observe regardless of vocal assist from the near-capacity crowd. He was shanking extra pictures than typical and unforced errors appeared to come on the worst instances. 

Ruud was scientific in his assault and saved the stress on his opponent. Auger-Aliassime appeared to at all times be on his heels and compelled to play defence in opposition to the constant Norwegian.

The Canadian gave up two fast breaks in the second set earlier than lastly holding serve to get to 1-4. Ruud accomplished the win in 74 minutes.

Auger-Aliassime hoped to develop into the primary Canadian to attain the semifinals at this occasion since Denis Shapovalov in 2017.

Earlier, Hurkacz took benefit of two double-faults by Kyrgios early in the third set for the primary service break of their match. He rolled from there to finish the Australian’s nine-match profitable streak.

“Nick is a super opponent, he can make every single shot,” Hurkacz mentioned. “He doesn’t really have that many weaknesses, if any. I was just trying to serve (well) and stay aggressive.”

There was no wasted power from Kyrgios, who performed like he had a cab ready outdoors.

He’d often bounce the ball as soon as and go proper into his service movement. The tempo of play agreed with Hurkacz, a six-foot-five right-hander who matched the Australian’s energy sport.

Both gamers had break alternatives however tiebreakers had been wanted to settle the primary two units. 

Kyrgios, who dispatched defending champion and world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in the second spherical, slowed in the third set and his serve misplaced a few of its zip. 

“I’m not a machine, I’m a human,” Kyrgios mentioned. “My knees were sore, my back was sore, my abdominal (area) was sore. I was trying to stay moving, but I just stiffened up.”

Kyrgios entered play with wins in 15 of his final 16 matches, with the one defeat coming to Novak Djokovic in final month’s Wimbledon closing. 

The semifinals are set for Saturday and the ultimate of the US$6.57-million Masters 1000 event goes Sunday.

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