Auger-Aliassime and Andreescu advance in Miami
F igurant the main draw of the tournament for the first time in his career, the native athlete of L’Ancienne-Lorette led 6-3 to 8-2 breakage and aces.
Auger-Aliassime is ranked 57th at ATP, 41 places ahead of Ruud, from Norway. Both players had to qualify to access the main draw.
Auger-Aliassime shone at Indian Wells last week, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas and running until the third lap.
The Quebecker will face in the next round the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, 36th in the world. The European won their only clash in three sets, in Vienna last year.
German Maximilian Marterer defeated American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; his next rival will be Ontarian Milos Raonic, 12th seed. Denis Shapovalov, 20th seeded, also represents the Maple Leaf on the male side. The Ontarian will play against Malek Jaziri or Daniel Evans in the second round.
On the women’s side, Ontarian Bianca Andreescu, recently crowned Indian Wells, won 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 over Irina-Camelia Begu. The break-up battle ended in Andreescu’s favor, 6-5.
The 18-year-old is now 29-3 this season.
In the second set, the Canadian made a 1-5 save by winning five games in a row, saving a match point in the process. She then dominated the broken stalemate, thanks to two amortized and one volley.
Andreescu also defeated Begu at Indian Wells in the first round.
Ranked 24th in the world, Andreescu will have next opponent Sofia Kenin of the United States, 32nd seed. They divided the honors of their first two games. Earlier this year, Kenin won in three sets at Acapulco in the semifinals.