Felix Auger-Aliassime’s amazing Miami Open is over after defending champion John Isner ended his charge in the semi-finals.
The 18-year-old Canadian has been the surprise star of the tournament, but nerves of the better of him in the semis before crashing to a 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4) defeat.
Even more frustratingly for Auger-Aliassime, he had the chance to serve for both sets, bit was broken each time.
“I think I did the best that I could,” Auger-Aliassime said.
“I probably did the best of all the players that played him this week. I just couldn’t serve from my part.
“It’s a chance you can’t miss, serving two times for the set, and just — I don’t know. It’s just terrible.
“It’s like I caught a virus or something. I don’t know.
“I couldn’t put a second serve (in) any more. Even the first serve, I mean, if you put it in, you don’t have to hit the second serve. Yeah, that’s just very tough to swallow.
“Now I’m going home for some rest. Then I will start training for the clay season.
“Start in Monte Carlo and — yeah, obviously my goals and my expectations, maybe not my expectations, but I’m aiming high.
“I want to play well for the rest of the year, but again, just focus on the daily work. We’ll see what I can do.”
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