#NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime’s dream week continues. The qualifier ousted 17th-seeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6(Four), 6-Four on Tuesday to achieve the quarter-finals of the Miami Open offered by Itau.
The 18-year-old had by no means reached the fourth spherical of an ATP Masters 1000 match earlier than this occasion, however he’s the primary qualifier to make the final eight in Miami since Guillermo Canas in 2007. Based mostly on his efficiency, Auger-Aliassime can also be projected to crack the Prime 50 of the ATP Rankings subsequent Monday, changing into the primary participant born within the 2000s to take action.
This time final 12 months, Auger-Aliassime misplaced within the first spherical of qualifying in Miami, and he was the No. 182 participant within the ATP Rankings. He now holds a 13-6 tour-level report in 2019. Earlier than the 12 months, he was simply 6-10.
Auger-Aliassime shanked a forehand properly out whereas going through two break factors at 5-5 to offer Basilashvili the chance to serve out the primary set. However the teenager confirmed the maturity of a veteran, battling right into a tie-break and successful it to take the lead.
The World No. 57 broke early within the second set, however nerves may have set in once more when Basilashvili broke again for Three-Three. The Canadian instantly responded with one other break, although, and with a wild Basilashvili forehand the teenager superior after one hour and 36 minutes.
Each rivals performed aggressively all through the match, knocking the fuzz off the balls in power-filled rallies. However Basilashvili made the extra premature errors of the 2, together with two unforced errors from 30/30 at Four-5 within the second set as Auger-Aliassime served out the match.
Did You Know?
Auger-Aliassime is the youngest Miami
quarter-finalist since former World No. 1 Andy Roddick (18) in 2001. In February, he grew to become the youngest ATP 500 finalist within the historical past of the sequence when he made his first ATP Tour championship match in Rio de Janeiro (l. to Djere).