Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime advances to 2nd round of US Open

Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime is heading to the second round of the U.S. Open after surviving a stiff test in his opener on Tuesday.

The No. 15 seed from Montreal beat world No. 83 Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 6-3, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6) to win his first career main draw match at the Grand Slam after losing to fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov each of the past two years.

The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime made 62 unforced errors, 23 more than his opponent, but the Canadian had the big edge in winners (58-33). Both players struggled to generate any momentum without serve in a match that was just nine minutes short of hitting the four-hour mark.

Monteiro never broke Auger-Aliassime and had just two break-point opportunities — both in the fourth set.

As the score suggested, it was an extremely close match. Both players won 147 points.

Auger-Aliassime will face three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray of Great Britain in the second round. Murray rallied from two sets down to win a five-setter against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan on Tuesday.

WATCH | Denis Shapovalov wins Monday opener:

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., moves on to the 2nd round of the U.S. Open with 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sebastian Korda. 1:57

No. 25 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill squared off with Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, and Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil battled Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in first-round matches later Tuesday.

Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., the lone Canadian woman in the singles draw, met Vera Zvonareva in a first-round match later Tuesday.

Shapovalov, the No. 12 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., won his first-round match on Monday and will face world No. 73 Kwon Soonwoo of South Korea on Wednesday.

No fans are at the tournament this year because of COVID-19.