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Auger-Aliassime, fresh off early exit in Vienna, bows to Cilic in Paris opener

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime was ousted in first-round action of the Paris Masters tennis tournament on Monday, losing 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 to Croatian veteran Marin Cilic.

Auger-Aliassime, seeded 14th at the final ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the campaign, struggled with his serve for much of the match. He was accurate on just 59 per cent of his first-serve attempts, and he earned a point just 58 per cent of the time when he did get it in. He was good on just 44 per cent of his second serve points.

Cilic, known for his big serve, had 14 aces compared to eight for Auger-Aliassime. He also had some issues with accuracy however, landing 62 per cent of first serves. He won 71 per cent of first serve points and 47 per cent of second serve points. Both players committed four double-faults.

Cilic was the more opportunistic of the two players, converting five of his 13 break point opportunities while saving seven of the nine he faced.

The Croatian, who will next face French wild-card Corentin Moutet, has won both of his career meetings with Auger-Aliassime.

Tenth-seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., a finalist at the event in 2014, was set to face Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene in a first-round match Tuesday.

Earlier, 15th-seed Borna Coric advanced to the second round beating qualifier Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (5), 6-1.

The Croatian won 35 of his 48 first-service points at the indoor tournament and will next face Jordan Thompson of Australia.

“It was not an easy match and every time we have played it’s been very tough,” Coric stated. “I played one bad game at 2-1 in the first set, when I missed two first serves, but pretty much the rest of the time I was serving huge.”

Coric recently reached the final at the St. Petersburg Open for the second year in a row. Thompson defeated qualifier Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-2, 6-3.

Also, Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez progressed to the second round with a 7-6 (11), 6-1 victory over Filip Krajinovic of Serbia and will be up versus Rafael Nadal in his next match.

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