Another underdog on the mat at Wimbledon. Seeded No. 6, Félix Auger-Aliassime took the door in the first round against Maxime Cressy (45th), the American born in Paris, in four sets (6-7 6-4, 7-6 7-6 ).
While he had a shot at the bottom of the table, the Canadian ended up giving in after 4:15 of a tight fight. Despite winning the first round, a moment of bewilderment on his part in the middle of the second set was enough to revive his opponent. Especially since the quarter-finalist of the last edition had great difficulty returning the service of the American, obtaining only one break point throughout the meeting.
In a match physiognomy where everyone knew that the outcome would be decided on details, it was Toni Nadal’s protege who ended up cracking, on a double fault to offer the tie-break of the third set to Cressy, then on a Forehand redacted at 5-5 in the fourth set tiebreaker. It was enough for the recent finalist in Eastbourne to come and conclude at the net, like a symbol.
The latter therefore qualifies for the second round, in a part of the table where Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the last two members of the top 10 still in the race, where he will face Jack Sock on Thursday.