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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday August 11, 2022

Felix Auger-Aliassime is flying in his hometown, and hoping to win his first Masters 1000 title.

The 22-year-old Canadian rolled past Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie, 6-3, 6-4, to notch his spot in the last eight. He will face fourth-seeded Casper Ruud on Friday.

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Ruud, also seeking his first Masters 1000 title, defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 on Thursday.

Auger-Aliassime avenged a loss to Norrie, the No.9 seed, last week at Los Cabos to improve to 5-1 lifetime against the British No.1.

“I try my best every time to bounce back whenever I lose against an opponent, even if I don't win, but try to show a good level, try to show I'm trying to respond to what happened, I'm trying to change things,” the Canadian said. “I don't want to do the same mistakes back to back.

“I have a good record against him. Definitely it was very positive for me, against a player of his caliber, to be able to get back to winning ways against him and to win in straight sets like that, which actually every time we had pretty tough matches. That was a very convincing win.”

The Canadian, buoyed by the raucous crowd in Montreal, was a force on serve. He won 36 of 39 first serve points and made 85 percent of his first serves overall. In total, the No.6 seed dropped just six points on serve.

“I served really well," he said after improving to 34-18 on the season. "But I felt like I was also putting a lot of pressure on him with every opportunity I had. I tried to stay close to the baseline. Every forehand I had I tried to move him around. I tried to come to the net as much as I could. I think those are the few differences that I did, or the things that I did better than last week, which made the match fall on my side.”

Ruud and Auger-Aliassime have split two previous meetings – one in Madrid this season (won by Ruud), and the other in Miami in 2019 (won by Auger-Aliassime).


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