Auger-Aliassime and Fernandez passed the first round at Roland Garros

PARIS – Felix Auger-Aliassime and Lila Fernandez had a bumpy day, but the Quebec sensations made it through to the first round of the French Open.

Auger-Aliassime triumphed for the first time in his career after losing the first two sets of a major championship duel. Peruvian Juan Pablo Farias knocked out 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.

The duel ended after more than three hours and 14 minutes, when Auger-Aliassime won with a forehand.

Fernandez, for her part, beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-0, 7-5.

For her part, Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino lacked opportunism in the first round and finally gave in to Coco Gauff. The American and the 18th seed beat the Canadian 7-5 6-0 in the playoffs.

Men’s ninth seed Auger-Aliassime lost in the first round at Roland Garros in his previous two matches.

For his part, Varillas was in his first major draw match in a major tournament.

Auger Aliassime was hoping to find his touch by participating in the quarter-finals in Madrid, and then a big fight despite losing to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals in Rome.

Despite everything, he had to rely on his resources to defeat Varelas, the world’s 122nd racket.

“It was frustrating to see how things were going,” said Auger-Aliassime. I was expecting much better.

“I think I gave everything I had on the pitch. It was an important day for me and an important victory. I really wanted to win the first game here.”

Auger-Aliasime was broken from the start by Varillas, who managed to take control 2-0 in the first set. Farias then broke for a second time in the fifth game, to advance 4-1. Thus he was able to easily get his hands on it in the first round.

Things didn’t get much better in Auger-Aliassime’s second round. Varelas broke Quebec’s serve for the third time in the match in the third game, winning it from zero.

Two matches later, Auger-Aliassme found themselves 0-40 behind again, but were able to come back to avoid seeing their opponent increase their advantage.

It was just a delay for Farias, who took a second serve break in the second set in the seventh inning, for a 5-2 advantage and a chance to serve for the set.

Varelas capitalized on an unintentional foul by Auger Aliassime to win the second set on his first chance.

For the first time in the game, Auger-Aliassime pushed his opponent in the third round. He finally made a first break point in the fourth inning and converted it, giving himself a 3-1 lead.

Quebec won the next three matches to prolong the debate.

“It was a relief to score the first half after not being able to get one in the first two sets,” said Auger-Aliassime. To get that first break 3-1, then serve 4-1, I gained a little more confidence. But I don’t think I lost faith in my abilities during the match, because I know what level of play I can reach.

Auger-Aliassime continued his momentum in the fourth set, breaking Farias with a forehand. He broke another game in the ninth inning to force the final inning.

Varillas called a medical timeout before serving at 2-3 in the fifth inning. The Peruvian stuck, but Auger-Aliassime broke with a superb forehand to serve up the match with a 5-3 score.

Auger-Aliassime did not miss this opportunity and reached the second round for the first time at Roland Garros. He will face Argentine Camilo Ugo Karabelli, who defeated Russian Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10-5).

In two stages for Fernandez

The 17th seed appeared to have a less difficult day than her compatriot when she won the first leg 6-0 in 29 minutes against Mladenovic.

However, the French doubles specialist gained momentum by breaking her opponent’s serve twice to take a 3-0 lead in the second set.

Fernandes grabbed hold and saved two set points on serve at 3-5.

Then, while serving the set at 5-4, Mladenovic allowed Fernandez to get back into the set by making a double fault on a break point.

Fernandez earned his first match point after reviewing the referee. That chance changed when Mladenovic made the 10th double foul.

In the second round, Fernandez will meet with swordsman Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, ranked 56th in the world rankings and another specialist in doubles. Sinyakova defeated Croatia’s Petra Martic 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Fernandez won the French Open Junior Championships in 2019.

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