Auger-Aliassime survives Bautista Agut in five-set marathon
In a match that surely tested the endurance of both players, Felix Auger-Aliassime outlasted Roberto Bautista Agut in a five-set epic on Friday night to advance to the round of 16 at the 2021 US Open.
The four-hour encounter saw Auger-Aliassime secure the 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 victory over the Spaniard, relying on his poise and consistency to eventually win the match.
The match featured several changes in momentum, with the Canadian winning the first two sets with relative ease. However, Bautista Agut fought back with the tenacity for which he is known, taking the next two sets as the crowd on Louis Armstrong clamored for more.
The final set saw Auger-Aliassime secure the vital break, as the 12th seed employed his speed and athleticism to cover the court. Despite a strong effort by the Spaniard, Auger-Aliassime was able to finally secure the victory in what will surely go down as an all-time US Open classic.