Felix Auger-Aliassime, the youngest player left in the men’s draw at Wimbledon, wins FOUR-HOUR epic in five sets against Alexander Zverev to book his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final appearance
- Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime progressed to the Wimbledon quarter finals
- Auger-Aliassime, 20, raced to a two-set lead by wobbled vs Alexander Zverev
- The German rallied to take it to a fifth set but Auger-Aliassime found a second life
- It is the first time the Canadian has reached a quarter final of a Grand Slam event
Felix Auger-Aliassime got there in the end, reaching his first Grand Slam at a quarter-final but boy was he made to work for this one.
When he raced into a two-set lead it appeared this was to be comfortable for Auger-Aliassime and another hard luck story for German star Alexander Zverev.
Written off by the crowd on Court 1, who were anxiously waiting for British sensation Emma Raducanu’s match which followed, Zverev rallied, levelled it up at two sets each but in the end ran out of steam.
This was a mightily impressive display from the 20-year-old, the youngest player left in the men’s singles draw.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, 20, produced one of the finest wins of his career at Wimbledon
He defeated Alexander Zverev in five sets to reach his first quarter-final at a Grand Slam event
His ceiling is sky high and the breakthrough into the last eight at a major felt critical for the Canadian.
It’s Italy’s Matteo Berrettini next and how the Italian will have relished seeing both of his prospective opponents running on empty after this epic, which ended 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 in favour of Auger-Aliassime.
Speaking to the BBC after, he said: ‘It’s a dream come true, this is unbelievable. I’m a normal guy from Montreal, Canada, and here I am.
‘Surely this is the best victory of my life. Under the roof the noise was crazy, like nothing I have experienced before.’
More to follow.
This was a massive test of Auger-Aliassime’s mental strength and he passed with flying colours
Due to rain the match was finished under the roof on Court 1 and it bolstered the Canadian
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