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Auger-Aliassime digs deep to beat Taberner in Barcelona

Felix Auger-Aliassime during the match against Carlos Taberner at the Barcelona Open in Barcelona April 20, 2022. – AFP pic

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MADRID, April 21 – Felix Auger-Aliassime was given a scare at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday as the number three seed needed a decider to beat qualifier Carlos Taberner.

Auger-Aliassime dropped the second set against Spain’s Taberner before coming through 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 after two hours and 44 minutes to reach round three.

“I had a great start to the match,” said world number nine Auger-Aliassime.

“It was unfortunate that I lost my rhythm a little bit in the second set, lost my serve too many times, but I credit him also for defending well, showing a great level for a clay-court player. It wasn’t easy to get over the line today.”

The Canadian will face Frances Tiafoe in the third round after Tiafoe defeated Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 7-6 (7/3), 6-1.

Eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta won an all-Spanish clash against another qualifier, Bernabe Zapata Miralles, prevailing 6-3, 6-3 to go through. – AFP

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