Felix Auger-Aliassime has reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating fourth seed Alexander Zverev at Wimbledon.
Auger-Aliassime has never beaten Zverev in their three previous meetings, in fact the Canadian has never managed to take a set off the German but went two sets up in Monday’s fourth round clash.
Zverev managed to find his form again though and won the next two sets to force a fifth set decider in front of a delighted Court One crowd which Auger-Aliassime won, winning the match 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4.
The 20-year-old has never gone further than the fourth round in a Grand Slam although had a promising lead up to Wimbledon, reaching the final in Stuttgart and the semi-final in Halle.
After the match, the 16th seed was clearly delighted with the result and the crowd support and said he’d never experienced anything like it.
“It’s a dream come true, its unbelievable, you dream of moments like this as a kid,” said Auger-Aliassime.
“I’m a normal guy from Montreal, Canada and here I am. Court one, packed, Wimbledon, I mean surely the best victory of my life so far.
“It was extra special in front of you with the closed roof the sound was crazy, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before so thank you for living this moment with me.”
The young Canadian praised his opponent Zverev and said he is looking forward to his quarterfinal against Matteo Berrettini.
“I’ve never beaten Alex before, he’s such a great player, I’ve never won a set from him, After two sets to love I had belief, then he started playing better and serving better and things got difficult. I really had to dig deep.
“I get to play another match so that’s always good, against a good friend of mine Matteo, he’s one of the best players in the world so I’m really looking forward to it.”
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