Canada’s Auger-Aliassime out at Indian Wells after dropping match to Ramos-Vinolas

Canada's Auger-Aliassime out at Indian Wells after dropping match to Ramos-Vinolas
Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, pictured at the National Bank Open, was eliminated at Indian Wells on Sunday. (Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images via CBC)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime has been eliminated from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Cali., losing 4-6, 2-6 to Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain on Sunday.

Auger-Aliassime, the No. 7 seed, struggled with his serve throughout the match, hitting seven aces but suffering seven double faults, too.

The 21-year-old Montreal native saved five-of-nine break points in the second-round loss.

Ramos-Vinolas, 33, won 83 per cent of his first serve points and 73 per cent of his total service points.

The pair had met twice before, with Auger-Aliassime, ranked 11th in the world, winning both matches in 2019.

Later on Sunday, fellow Canadian Leylah Fernandez was set to face No. 9 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

The Montreal-born Fernandez, 19, came into the tournament seeded 23rd after making a surprising run at the U.S. Open last month. She lost to Britain’s Emma Raducanu in the finals.

Fernandez advanced to the third round at Indian Wells with a 6-2, 6-3 win over France’s Alize Cornet on Friday.

Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu dominated when needed to advance to the third round at Indian Wells on Saturday night, beating American Alison Riske 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-2 in second-round action.

Riske, 31, made it difficult for the reigning champion, who made just five out of 17 break points on the match.

Despite that, Andreescu turned it up a notch in the deciding set, winning four straight games by the time Riske took her first one of the set.

With files from CBC News

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