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Felix Auger-Aliassime wins the final five games of his opening Los Cabos victory.

Felix Makes Winning Debut In Los Cabos

Canadian made to work by Mexican wild card Hernandez

Felix Auger-Aliassime used a quick start and a finishing flurry to open his account with a win at the Abierto de Tenis Mifel in Los Cabos. Playing against home favourite Alex Hernandez on Wednesday, the second seed denied the Mexican wild card a famous victory by taking a tight 6-3, 7-5 decision.

"It was a good match, intense," the Canadian said in his on-court interview, sharing that he practised with Hernandez before the event. "It's not easy to play a local, a Mexican. He was playing really well. He was giving everything he had to make it a tough match and to try to win. Credit to him for playing a good match. I will definitely remember this one — it was a bit tense."

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Auger-Aliassime won the first three games of the match but twice found himself down a break in the second set as Hernandez gave the Stadium CSC crowd plenty to cheer about. The World No. 521 was aided by his opponent's 58 per cent first-serve percentage, though Auger-Aliassime dominated when he did connect on his first delivery, winning those points at an 83 per cent clip (35/42).

From 2-5 down in the second set, Auger-Aliassime won the last five games of the match — but not before a nervy final game in which he saved two break points after leading 30/0.

The victory sees the Canadian advance to his 10th tour-level quarter-final of 2022, equalling his personal best for a single season (2021). He will next face Steve Johnson, a 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 winner against seventh seed Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Auger-Aliassime turns 22 on Monday and hopes to be able to celebrate early by winning his second ATP Tour title on Saturday evening. He won his first career title in Rotterdam in February in his 10th final.

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