Maintaining factors brief and candy has made Felix Auger-Aliassime’s efficiency a deal with at this US Open.
The Canadian star is into his first primary semi-final at Flushing Meadows and the 21-yr-previous has made his spectacular run Largely by dominating the brief rallies in Ny.
Auger-Aliassime has gained 56 per cent (391/698) of rallies between zero And 4 photographs As a Outcome of of his strong work Collectively with his first serve On the season’s final primary. The eight-time ATP Tour finalist entered this event worthwhile 76 per cent of his first-serve factors this yr, and has clpurposeed 81 per cent of his first-serve factors On the US Open.
Felix has delivered 85 aces As in contrast with 30 double faults — hitting eight double faults in two completely different matches.
Felix’s Serving Stats – Pre-2021 US Open vs. US Open
The Twelfth seed Ought to proceed having fun with his aggressive first-strike tennis in the direction of two-time primary finalist and second seed Daniil Medvedev.
“I additionally Want to step up and be assured in myself. I even have to serve properly. I even have to play An excellent match, be strong from every facet of my recreation,” Auger-Aliassime said. “At The identical time I need To purpose To place strain on him. However It is going to be strong. I’ve to be ready for his biggest.”
What makes it strong for Auger-Aliassime is that Medvedev has been A lot extra dominant on the briefest factors. The second seed has gained almost 63 per cent of rallies between zero And 4 photographs and misplaced serve simply 5 events in 5 matches.
The distinction is that whereas Medvedev has additionally carried out properly in longer rallies, Auger-Aliassime has not. The primary-time primary semi-finalist has gained 50 per cent of factors (151/300) between 5 and eight photographs and simply 46 per cent of rallies (61/143) of 9 photographs or extra.
Felix & Daniil’s Rally Stats – 2021 US Open
Medvedev, however, has been Inside the inexperienced in each packages. Which will make it A lot extra crucial for Auger-Aliassime To primarytain factors brief.
Medvedev spoke to the media earlier than Auger-Aliassime and Alcaraz performed their quarter-final and said that he believes They’re comparable recreationrs, and that It Might be important To cease them from having fun with their recreation.
“[You] should Try And by no means give them On A daily basis They need,” Medvedev said. “In any other case, They will destroy you.”
The typical rally length in Medvedev’s matches has been 5.3 strokes, whereas Auger-Aliassime’s has been 4.2. Will Felix proceed firing early And typically To regulate rallies Collectively with his serve and first-shot power, or will Daniil drag the Canadian deeper into rallies and drown him Collectively with his consistency?
Auger-Aliassime will hope that primarytaining it brief and candy Pays dividends as quickly as extra and yield his first berth in A critical final.