Canada's Auger-Aliassime clinches berth in Miami Open main draw
Montreal teen ranks 57th in world after recent series of strong performances
Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime has advanced to the main draw at the Miami Open.
"I served much better today. I made a few errors in rhythm, in shot location at the beginning but slowly, it came together," Auger-Aliassime said.
"Lorenzi had a good first set. He played well, he was solid. In the tiebreak, I served well again, took my opportunity, And after that, everything was on my side. So overall I'm pretty satisfied with the effort today."
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While Auger-Aliassime is ranked 57th in the world after a string of good results over the past month, his ranking was not high enough to secure a spot into the main draw when the entry list came out several weeks ago.
Auger-Aliassime was the second seed in the qualifying draw, while Lorenzi was 17th.
Auger-Aliassime joins No. 20 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and No. 12 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., in the main draw. As seeded players, Shapovalov and Raonic get byes.
On the women's side, Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., had her first-round match against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania suspended after rain cancelled play on Wednesday night
The 18-year-old Canadian is coming off a stunning run to the title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Miami organizers rewarded Andreescu with the featured match on centre court on the opening night of the tournament.