At the Abierto de Tenis Mifel in Los Cabos, Felix Auger-Aliassime opened his account with a victory after getting off to a quick start and a strong finish. On Wednesday, the second seed defeated local favourite Alex Hernandez in a close match, 6-3, 7-5, preventing the Mexican wild card from making an upset.
While Hernandez gave the Stadium CSC crowd enough to cheer about in the second set, Auger-Aliassime twice found himself down a break after winning the first three games of the match. Although Auger-Aliassime dominated when he did connect on his first delivery, winning those points at an 83 percent clip (35/42) the World No. 521 was helped by his opponent's 58% first-serve percentage.
From 2-5 down in the second set, Auger-Aliassime won the last five games of the match — but not before a nervy final game in which he saved two break points after leading 30/0.