Auger-Aliassime kicks Zverev out and knocks down the door to the rooms

It is the first time that the 20-year-old Canadian, who has been working with Toni Nadal, has qualified for the top-8 of a Grand Slam. He will face Berrettini.


Felix Auger-Aliassime gave a relative surprise in the round of 16 at Wimbledon on Monday by eliminating fourth seed Alexander Zverev in a very close match that was resolved in the fifth set after a failed comeback attempt by the German: 6-4 , 7-6 (6), 3-6, 3-6 and 6-4 at 4:02. Relative because great things were expected from the 20-year-old Canadian and 19th of the ninth, although he was perhaps not in his best season. After working with Toni Nadal, who advises him, he set down ways on grass before arriving in London when he played the final in Stuttgart (he lost it against Cilic) and was a semi-finalist in Halle. And in the English capital he has confirmed that he is good at this difficult surface. He will play the first quarters of his career in Grand Slams on Wednesday against the Italian Matteo Berrettini who passed over the Belarusian debutant Ilya Ivashka (6-4, 6-3 and 6-1 in 1:47). With the classification of his compatriot Denis Shapovalov, it is the first time in history that two Canadian players are in the penultimate round of a major.

Zverev is once again at the gates of the top-8 at Wimbledon. He had a bad start to the game, as has happened on other occasions (in the semifinals of the US Open against Pablo Carreño, for example), but this time he could not reverse the situation, because Auger-Aliassime had enough personality, and also the blows (54 winners), to stop the Teuton's onslaught.

Berrettini, meanwhile, is the fifth Italian to reach the fourth of the British tournament after Uberto de Morgrpurgo (1928), Nicola Pietrangeli (1955 and 1960), Adriano Panatta (1979) and Davide Sanguinetti (1998), and the fourth of his country (tied with four others) with the most appearances at that point (3) behind Pietrangeli (10), Panatta (6) and Giorgio de Stefani (4) .

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