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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday August 12, 2022

Casper Ruud handed Felix Auger-Aliassime one of the most lopsided losses of his career to reach his third Masters 1000 semi-final of the season.

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Auger-Aliassime was nearly perfect on Thursday in his win over Cameron Norrie, but he could not reproduce the magic, to the disappointment of the fans who packed the stadium on Friday in Montreal.

“I've been thinking since the match ended what happened,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I think I have to see. Maybe my expectations were a bit too high from yesterday 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.

“But again, I had a great preparation. I started off the match as well as I could. Won the first four points on the return, which is rare for me. Then I don't know, yeah, things changed rapidly.”

The Norwegian’s 6-1, 6-2 triumph over the local favorite sets a semi-final with Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole snapped the nine-match winning streak of Nick Kyrgios, handing the Aussie a 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-1 defeat.

“He's got one of the best serves in the world,” Kyrgios said. “I had opportunities in the first set, break points, break points in the second. Obviously that was pretty crucial because just running on fumes a bit towards the end. I think it's normal.

“I feel good. I feel confident. Now I got three days, three or four days, of rest until Cincinnati. I'm going to use that, really capitalize on just rest and recovery.”

Hurkacz is the only remaining player in Montreal that has previously won a Masters 1000 title.

Ruud reached the final in Miami earlier this year, but fell to Carlos Alcaraz.

“Definitely, it shows me that I can really bring a super high level and definitely motivates me to keep pushing,” Hurkacz said after out-aceing Kyrgios 20 to 19.


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