Felix Auger-Aliassime hit new heights of form on Thursday at the Swiss Indoors Basel as he snatched his tenth straight ATP Tour win.
Auger-Aliassime is out to claim his third ATP Tour title in as many weeks and the Canadian advanced to the quarter-finals with a stunning performance against Miomir Kecmanovic.
The 22-year-old wrapped up a 6-1, 6-0 victory in just 49 minutes.
“It’s tough to play better than that, from my part,” Auger-Alassime said in his on-court interview.
“For sure the best match I’ve played in my whole life — not my career, since I’m a little kid! It’s a nice feeling. It was a treat to play this level, to play this way in front of you,” he told the Swiss crowd.
Auger-Aliassime dropped just seven points in a perfect second set and was a perfect 11-for-11 behind his first serve.
Brilliantly showcasing his athleticism and first-strike tennis, the third seed finished the contest with a total of 21 winners and 10 aces on the match.
Auger-Aliassime currently sits seventh on the Race To Turin standings as he clings onto what is currently the final qualifying position.
The Canadian is 315 points clear of Taylor Fritz in eighth place as he seeks his Nitto ATP Finals debut.
Now on a double-digit winning streak that began with title runs in Florence and Antwerp, Auger-Aliassime also became the third player to earn 50 wins this season (Tsitsipas 57, Alcaraz 54).
Felix Auger-Aliassime’s 2022 record stands at 50-24 with three titles, the first ATP Tour trophies of his career.
He will next meet Alexander Bublik, a 6-3, 6-3 winner against Albert Ramos-Vinolas earlier on Thursday.
Should Felix Auger-Aliassime advance to the semis, he is certain to face a Spaniard: either World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz or fifth seed Pablo Carreno Busta.
Alcaraz also raced through the finish line on Wednesday by rattling off the final six games of an otherwise highly-competitive match against Botic van de Zandschulp.
The 6-4, 6-2 scoreline doesn’t tell the full story of a hard-fought Alcaraz victory.
Alcaraz found himself behind 0-2 in the second as the Dutchman made his first breakthrough, but he broke back twice to take the match.
In an incredible second set five games in the second set went to deuce.
However, Alcaraz won four of them before serving out the match to love in just under 90 minutes.
His late surge prevented another three-set match after his comeback win against Jack Draper on Monday.
The World No 1 is now 3-2 since his US Open triumph last month, which earned him his debut at the Rankings summit.
Alcaraz is seeking to add to his ATP Tour-leading five titles in 2022 and his seven finals are joint-most, alongside Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Alcaraz will meet countryman Carreno Busta in the quarter-finals after the fifth seed earned a 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4 win against home favourite Dominic Stricker late Wednesday evening.
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