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Felix Auger-Aliassime opens up on enormous disappointment after brutal Montreal loss

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Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime didn’t hide his enormous disappointment after getting dismantled by Casper Ruud in his home-town Montreal. Auger-Aliassime’s dreams of catching his first Masters title in Montreal were cut short following a 6-1 6-2 loss to Casper Ruud in the Montreal Masters quarterfinal.

“It’s super disappointing to lose any tournament like this, and especially here,” Auger-Aliassime said after the loss, per the ATP website. “This is a tournament we don’t play every year, so it’s always special for me to play here”.

Auger-Aliassime stood no chance versus Ruud

Auger-Aliassime broke Ruud in the opening game of the match and then suffered a stunning collapse. After getting broken in the first game of the match, Ruud claimed five consecutive breaks and won the next 10 games to open a 6-1 4-0 lead.

Auger-Aliassime served out the fifth game to end Ruud’s run of 10 consecutive games but couldn’t get the breaks back as Ruud served out for the match in the eighth game. “I’ve been thinking since the match ended what happened,” Auger-Aliassime added.

“I think I have to see. Maybe my expectations were a bit too high from yesterday [a 6-3, 6-4 win against Norrie] and I was trying to repeat that instead of just living with what I had, just fighting with all the tools that I had today, fighting with my opponent today.”

Auger-Aliassime is now hoping to bounce back at next week’s Cincinnati Masters. “Every time I try to learn from every match, win or lose,” he said. “I will see what I can learn from this match today. The important thing is to know how I will be able to bounce back next week.

I’m still giving myself some time in the next days to unwind and start working again. This is not usual for me, after playing two good matches, to lose the way I did today, especially at a tournament like this one.”

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