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Good friends Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov to face off in Drummondville

Mar 18, 2017
written by: Melissa Boyd
written by: Melissa Boyd

It might be the men’s semifinals in Indian Wells today, but the tennis world will surely be taking a peak at what’s happening in snowy Drummondville where a much-anticipated encounter between Canadian rising stars Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov  will get underway at approximately 2:30 p.m. E.T. The winner will advance to his first ATP Challenger final.

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It seems only fitting that they would meet under these circumstances in Drummondville. The two talented and charismatic teens have been making waves since breaking through at the pro level at the tournament over the past few years. In 2015,  a 14-year-old Auger-Aliassime became the youngest player in ATP history to win a match at the Challenger level and in 2016, Shapovalov became the the first player born in 1999 to win a match.

These good friends last played each other in the final of a junior event in College Park in 2015 which Felix came through in straight sets.

“When we get on the court, it becomes about tennis. Of course we will feel bad for the other guy after the match, but we will both be playing to win,” Auger-Aliassime said.

Before coming to Drummondville, Auger-Aliassime took home the title at the Sherbooke Futures last week while Shapovalov was crowned champion of the Gatineau Futures two weeks ago.

“Felix and I are good friends off the court and we sometimes practice together, but we have to put that aside and focus on the match. We have played twice before, each of us winning one match,” Shapovalov added.

Fans will be able to watch the match via the ATP Challenger live stream.

Feature photo by: Guy Deschênes