It hasn't been a really good year for Auger-Alaissime, which is strange as he seemingly made a step forward last year during the indoor season. He had some good moments this year but struggled tremendously for much of it, totaling only 18 wins until now.
This is the first time he won back-to-back matches since March and the Indian Wells Masters. The wins at the Japan Open come at a good time because the indoor season is upon us, and there is a good chance that we might build some confidence to finish the year strongly.
He was certainly happy with the win over Sebastian Ofner because it was a pretty easy one, and he needs wins like that. He reaffirmed that after the win.
I need results like this. I believe in my game and I believe in myself that I have what it takes to win at this level. I have done it before but it is about doing it and having a lot of belief and a positive mind. I am happy that my level is translating to the match court after a couple of months.
The win sends Auger-Aliassime into a rare quarter-final this year, where he'll play Marcos Giron, a player who bested none other than Casper Ruud at the same event. It's going to be a tough one for Auger-Aliassime, who did dominate this matchup in the past.
They played three times so far, and Auger-Aliassime won each one, with the last one in Halle on grass going to three sets. The American is playing a bit better right now, so it will be tough for the Canadian.