Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime needed exactly four hours to dispose of tough Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the first round of the United States Open on Monday in New York.
The 12th seed in the competition and 15th in the world won 7-6 (0), 3-6, 7-6 (1) and 7-6 (8) at the expense of the 31-year-old holding the 152nd ATP rank.
Even though he was largely overlooked and coming from qualifying, Donskoy caused quite a bit of trouble with solid hitting and efficient serve.
However, Auger-Aliassime showed himself solid at the opportune moments. In addition to dominating the first two tiebreakers of the clash, he erased a 5-3 breakage delay in the fourth set to put his rival in the wire. Finally, the player from La Belle Province concluded hostilities with his third match point.
In the next round, the winner will face Spaniard Barnabe Zapata Miralles, 116th player on the professional circuit, who toppled his compatriot Feliciano Lopez earlier in the day.