Auger-Alias­sime passes Raonic as top Cana­dian in men’s ten­nis

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

Felix Auger-Alias­sime is now the topranked Cana­dian in men’s ten­nis af­ter jump­ing into 19th spot in the lat­est ATP Tour rank­ings re­leased Mon­day.

The 19-year-old from Mon­treal moved up two spots to be­come just the sec­ond Cana­dian to break into the top 20 since the ATP started pub­lish­ing rank­ings in 1973.

Auger-Alias­sime jumped past Mi­los Raonic of Thornhill Ont., who moved down two spots to No. 22. Raonic, the only other Cana­dian to crack the top 20, has a ca­reer-high rank­ing of No. 3.

De­nis Shapo­valov of Rich­mond Hill, Ont., fell four spots to No. 38.

Auger-Alias­sime’s rise to the top of Cana­dian ten­nis comes de­spite the teenager putting up some medi­ocre re­sults on grass and hard­court. He hasn’t ad­vanced be­yond the third round of a tour­na­ment since reach­ing the semi­fi­nals of a Wim­ble­don warmup event in late June.

He was drummed out of the first round of the re­cent Masters event in Cincin­nati af­ter No. 58 Miomir Kec­manovic posted a con­vinc­ing 6-3, 6-3 win.

He reached the third round of his home­town event the week be­fore at the Rogers Cup, but was pushed to a third-set tiebreak by Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil – ranked No. 205 – then moved on to the third round when the ail­ing Raonic re­tired be­fore the third set of their sec­ond-round match. Auger-Alias­sime was then beaten in three sets by No. 8 Karen Khachanov.

How­ever, with an in­jured Raonic un­able to de­fend points and Shapo­valov also strug­gling, Auger-Alias­sime was able to take the man­tle of top-ranked Cana­dian head­ing into the up­com­ing U.S. Open.

The top four of Ser­bia’s No­vak Djokovic, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Switzer­land’s Roger Fed­erer and Aus­tria’s Do­minic Thiem re­mained un­changed, with Rus­sia’s Daniil Medvedev jump­ing three spots into fifth.

In women’s rank­ings, Rogers Cup cham­pion Bianca An­dreescu of Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., fell one spot to 15th af­ter sit­ting out the Cincin­nati tour­na­ment.

Ja­pan’s Naomi Osaka, Ash­leigh Barty of Aus­tralia, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Repub­lic, Ro­ma­nia’s Si­mona Halep and Elina Svi­tolina of Ukraine round out the top five.

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