Felix Pushed In Montpellier
Felix Auger-Aliassime was pushed but eventually held off three-time ATP Tour titlist Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia & Herzegovina 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday at the Open Sud de France.
The #NextGenATP Canadian hit 11 aces and broke six times to reach the second round in Montpellier. Auger-Aliassime is the fifth seed at the ATP 250 and is looking to rebound after his first-round loss at the Australian Open to Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
The 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime will next meet Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who beat Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 7-5.
Swede Mikael Ymer avenged his 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals loss to Italy's Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-4. Sinner beat Ymer last year in Milan in group play 4-0, 4-2, 4-1, but Ymer broke the reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion four times to advance.
The 21-year-old will next face seventh seed Filip Krajinovic, a 6-4, 6-4 winner against French qualifier Enzo Couacaud.
Finland's #NextGenATP talent Emil Ruusuvuori earned his first tour-level win of the season, beating Austrian Dennis Novak 7-6(3) 4-6, 6-2. The 20-year-old Ruusuvuori is projected to make his debut inside the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings on Monday.
He will next play Slovakian Norbert Gombos, who beat sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta on Monday.