Finally the correct Thiem music for Dominic against Marin Cilic in Canada

Ross Houston
August 11, 2019

Felix Auger-Aliassime, who turned 19 on Thursday and shares a birthday with Roger Federer, didn't have anything planned for his birthday except, well, play tennis.

Félix Auger-Aliassime is through to the third round of the Rogers Cup, but the Montreal teenager had mixed feelings about how he got there. "It's the same date for me".

"I can not deny that I got a little bit insane", said the Russian.

Thiem, who before this week had never won a match in five attempts in Canada, had his hands full against 14th-seeded Cilic but did well to save all nine breakpoints he faced while relying on a steady stream of groundstroke winners. It's going to be very, very tough match. They even sang "Happy Birthday" to him.

Khachanov, meanwhile, now turns his attention to the quarterfinals. There were 12 in total for the match.

"The sound of the crowd, the people, the support they gave me was insane", said Auger-Aliassime.

"I have the confidence that I can win against these type of players", Auger-Aliassime said.


The hometown crowd was solidly behind Auger-Aliassime. It was his first win over the three-time Grand Slam champion after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Washington last week. He has three titles in 2019.

"I used the crowd in my favour today", Auger-Aliassime said. "Not many matches have been played like that". "But today was 50/50, it was really nice". I think that's something that I've improved a lot, the power, obviously the precision of my serve in the a year ago. I won this title at home.

Thiem, the No. 2 seed from Austria, took control of the match with a service break to go ahead 5-3 in the third set. I think he's one of the guys with the most wins, playing every week unbelievable, solid tennis. "I'll try to see this one again, look what I did great there, try to play similar tomorrow". When you switch surfaces, such as after grass, it's always the toughest. The 2017 champion beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (5) to make his second Masters 1000 quarter-final of the season (Madrid).

"We are in quarterfinals of a Masters 1000".

Eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation breezed to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Kyle Edmund of Britain.

After his win, which was his sixth straight, Thiem said, "I beat two incredible players".

The victory was the Thornhill, Ont., product's first in Montreal since making it all the way to the 2013 final when he lost to Nadal. Thiem took out Canadian #NextGenATP star Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday. Both Top 10 players are in pursuit of finishing in the final eight to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in November.


Thiem is scheduled to square off against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation on Friday.

"It's going to be a very hard match like the last two times", Medvedev said. I learned how to know myself better. When he plays like this, he's hard to beat. "That will be a good test".

While Nadal didn't particular enjoy the windy conditions playing at night, he told the ATP Tour website that he thrived on the mental challenge provided by the conditions.

"There were a lot of tough moments", he said.

Ranked as high as 25th in 2014, Pospisil said it was tough having to play a Canadian - and a player from Montreal, no less - in the first round. When we play on outdoor courts, that's part of the game, too.

"I kind of had a fresh start, taking a couple weeks off", Shapovalov said. You go back to work and you try to do better next time. It's about adapting and being focused mentally. Although Nadal is 11-4 in his career head-to-head against Fognini, the Italian beat him in straight sets at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters earlier this season.

Nadal, who won this event for the fourth time past year, battled through the wind and broke Pella's service four times in the triumph.


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