Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime was knocked out of the singles event at the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a surprise 6-4, 7-6 (2) loss to Australia’s Max Purcell in the first round on Sunday.
Purcell, ranked 190th in the world, was initially not expected to compete in the men’s singles tournament. He replaced two-time defending champion Andy Murray on short notice. Murray withdrew from the game earlier Sunday after sustaining a right quadriceps injury.While the contest was a mismatch on paper, it was the 23-year-old Australian who dictated the proceedings. Auger-Aliassime, who turns 21 on August 8, has never had a rhythm except for a three-game winning streak that saw him go from 1-3 to 4-3 in the second set.
In addition, the performance of the Montrealer did not meet expectations.
Auger-Aliassime struggled with his serve game. He only completed 51% of his first serves (42 of 82) and committed nine double faults.
Purcell was simply more precise, especially on the second serves, hitting 26 of 27 attempts. The Australian was also 2 for 5 on break points.
Auger-Aliassime turns his attention to the mixed doubles, which begins later this week, with teammate Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa.
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Purcell will face the German Dominik Koepfer.
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