Felix Auger-Aliassime was looking for his first career win at the US Open and was facing Thiago Monteiro in the first round. The match being played on court 17 on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.
Auger-Aliassime was the faster of the two out of the gate and had his first breakpoint in the fourth game and managed to get the early break to lead 3-1. The rest of the set both players managed to hold their service games and Felix took the first set by a score of 6-3 in a mere 38 minutes.
We thought this was going to be one-way traffic but Monteiro upped his game in the second set and it was quite the thriller. The second set would be decided by a tie-breaker and the 15th seed picked the worse time to struggle on his serve. A costly double fault at 1-1 gave Monteiro the break and he needed we thought the set would go by the way of the Brazilian.
That's exactly what happened but with a twist as the Canadian would manage to tie the breaker at 4 and would even manage to earn a set point at 6-5 but couldn't close it out and Monteiro would take it 9-7 to win the second set 7-6.
Into a pivotal third set and once again both players were doing a good job of holding serve and once again the set would be decided by a breaker. In the tie break, both players would hold their serve until 7-6 Felix and he managed to win a point on the Monteiro serve to win the breaker 8-6 and take the third set 7-6.
We headed into a fourth set and Auger-Aliassime would attack the Monteiro serve early and managed to get two early breakpoints in the first game of the set but Monteiro would be up to the test saving both. From there once again both players held serve until Felix was serving at 4-5 and Monteiro had a sniff at a set point but it was easily saved by the Canadian. At 5-5 the Montreal native got a breakpoint but the Brazilian was able to save it and once again we headed into a tiebreak.
This tiebreak would either end the match or force a fifth and deciding set. It stayed on serve until 3-2 when Monteiro managed to win a point on the Auger-Aliassime serve to make it 4-2. Monteiro had two set points at 6-4 but Felix would save both of them and at 6-6 Monteiro missed an overhead smash to give Auger-Aliassime the break.
Felix would serve out the match and win by a final score of 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, he will next face Andy Murray in round two after the Scot was able to come back from two sets down to beat Japan Yoshihito Nishioka.