Barcelona, April 20: Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime recorded a hard-fought 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over energetic qualifier Carlos Taberner in the second round of the Barcelona Open here on Wednesday.
The third seed got off to a fast start on clay before holding his ground to recover from a second-set slip to secure a two-hour, 44-minute win at the ATP 500 event.
Auger-Aliassime made a career-best 15-4 start to the 2022 season after securing his first title in Rotterdam and reaching the final in Marseille in February, but has since won just one match in four tournaments.
This battle over victory over Spaniard Taberner will give the World No. 9 a real confidence boost as he looks to improve on his run to the quarter-finals in Barcelona from last year.
“He Taberner is a good clay court player. He had a good win yesterday, I’m sure he felt confident,” said Auger-Aliassime.
“For my part, I had a great start to the match. It was unfortunate that I lost my rhythm a bit in the second set, I lost my serve too many times, but I also give him credit for defending well, showing a high level for a ground player. beaten, so it was not easy to overcome [the line] today, serving for the match, but finally getting through, it’s exciting.” led him to the biggest win of his career over World No. 37 Sebastian Korda in the first round on Tuesday.