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ATP: Felix Auger-Aliassime suffers straight loss to Dusan Lajovic in Toronto

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TORONTO – Quebec’s Felix Auger-Aliassime saw his Toronto stay end quickly, as Serbian Dusan Lajovic defeated him 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday in a second round match at the National Bank Open.

Auger-Aliassime, seeded ninth, had a second-round pass and thus was in his first match of the tournament in the singles.

He had lost in doubles with Alexis Gallarno on Monday.

Auger-Aliassime made mistakes against Lagovich, especially with a forehand.

He found himself in the telegrams in the fifth inning of the encounter, but saved three break points.

Auger-Aliassime saved another break point in the ninth game, but eventually received a break for Lajovic in the eleventh game of the first game, when he made a double-fault. Then Lagovich quickly closed the books to the service.

In all, Auger-Aliassime made 19 unforced errors in the first set, for only seven winning strokes.

Auger-Aliassime finally got a first break point in the second half of the second set, but his Serbian rival closed the door.

Lajovic then took control of the second set, breaking Auger-Aliassime again in the third game.

Ranked 44th in the world, Lajovic made sure that this break made the difference and managed to score a second win in many professional duels against Quebec.

He will face Norway’s sixth seed, Casper Ruud, in the third round.

Therefore, Auger-Aliassime has only one win over his singles record since his elimination in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. He lost his first match at the Tokyo Olympics and his second match last week in Washington.

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Another Canadian singer, Denis Shapovalov, was scheduled to make his debut of the evening at the Aviva Center. Fifth seed Shapovalov had a meeting with American Frances Tiafoe in a second round match.

Another seed surrendered early Wednesday. And the Italian 16th seed Yannick Sener fell victim to the Australian James Duckworth, who won 6-3 6-4.

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris also reached the third round, defeating Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-3.

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