Félix Auger-Aliassime’s first ATP Masters 1000 main draw match was one to watch as he took down fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil. The 17 year old did so in clean, convincing fashion wrapping up the match in straight sets 6-2, 7-6(4).
Auger-Aliassime showcased his aggressive and crisp game throughout the entire match. His big hitting was put on display when he broke Pospisil in the opening service game. Auger-Aliassime followed it up with solid serving, hitting 11 aces and only 2 double faults. The young Canadian finished up the victory with his consistency and ability to take control with his forehand, allowing him to dictate the points.
Auger-Aliassime will face yet another Canadian, this time in the form of Milos Raonic in round two. The pair will face off for the first time on Sunday.
Also in action this weekend is Denis Shapovalov playing against 30th seed Pablo Cuevas in his second round match on Saturday. He will be second on Stadium 2 with play beginning at 11:00am PST.
Peter Polansky will take on 20th seed Adrian Mannarino on Saturday, the fourth match on Stadium 9.
Daniel Nestor will get his first taste of the action in Indian Wells when he and his partner, Steve Johnson play the third seeded duo of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. They are scheduled to be the second match on Stadium 6 on Saturday.
On the women’s side, Genie Bouchard wrapped up her Indian Wells campaign after falling to Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-10 in first round doubles while partnering with Sloane Stephens.