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Felix Auger-Aliassime wins his opener on Tuesday at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime notched his 36th career match win on Tuesday at the Coupe Rogers, and nearly 10 per cent of those wins have come against his Montreal opponent, countryman Vasek Pospisil.

The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime, who has a birthday on Thursday, fought off nerves and fed off his home crowd to advance 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-6(3) against the 29-year-old Pospisil, who's still on the comeback from January back surgery.

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Neither player faced a break point in the decider, but Auger-Aliassime gained momentum after overcoming a 0/30 deficit at 4-4 in the final set. He ran away in the tie-break, improving to 2-1 in Canada when Pospisil lifted a forehand long.

Losing those two next points, probably the match would have been over. What else can you do than just give it all? I tried to find a good first serve, play to win. That's what I was able to do,” Auger-Aliassime said.

When your back is against the wall, you usually show up with something good. I think in any case in life, that's what you do. If you look at a lot of players, especially great players, whenever they need to, they usually play good points, serve well. I think I found that extra energy in me to serve well those four points and get that game.”

The #NextGenATP Canadian will next meet Canada's No. 1 Milos Raonic, who reached the 2013 Montreal final. Raonic won their only prior meeting at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Even if I look at myself physically back then, I changed a lot. Mentally, as well. For sure I have the confidence that I can win against these types of players. I'm not as nervous stepping on these big courts. That's also a big change,” Auger-Aliassime said.

I think the overall trust in my game is much more different than before. I think overall everything in my game has improved, from the groundstrokes, my return, my serve.”

Auger-Aliassime is currently in 11th place in the ATP Race To London. The top eight will qualify for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 10-17 November.

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Argentine Guido Pella scored a 6-4, 7-6(4) upset against 15th seed David Goffin. The left-handed Pella won the third-most matches on clay this year, but is increasingly showing he can excel on any surface. The 29-year-old reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals last month. He will next meet Moldovan Radu Albot, who beat Gilles Simon of France 6-4, 6-2.

Eleventh seed Borna Coric picked up his first win in almost two months, saving two consecutive match points to beat Citi Open semi-finalist Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(2). Coric was down 15/40, 5-6 while serving in the third set but won the next four points to force a tie-break.

The No. 1 Croatian last won at the Noventi Open in Halle in mid-June. Coric retired from his quarter-final there and missed Wimbledon because of an abdominal injury. He will next face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-0, including earlier this year at the grass-court Libema Open in 's-Hertogenbosch.