Tennis

Felix Auger-Aliassime knocked out by Kei Nishikori at Barcelona Open

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime has been eliminated at the Barcelona Open. The No. 16 seed from Montreal lost 6-1, 6-3 to No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan in the third round of the ATP Tour 500 clay-court event on Thursday.

No. 16 ranked Montreal native loses in straight sets to Japanese star

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated by Kei Nishikori in the third round of the 67th Barcelona Open on April 25. (Enric Fontcuberta/EPA)

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime has been eliminated at the Barcelona Open.

The No. 16 seed from Montreal lost 6-1, 6-3 to No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan in the third round of the ATP Tour 500 clay-court event on Thursday.

Auger-Aliassime won just 54 per cent of his points on first serve, well below Nishikori's 69 per-cent success rate.

The 18-year-old Montreal native had chances, but failed to capitalize on five of six break-point opportunities.

WATCH: Auger-Aliassime bounced in third round:

Kei Nishikori eliminated Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-1, 6-3 in the third round of the Barcelona Open on Thursday. 0:49

Since Auger-Aliassime and fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov advanced to the semifinals of the Miami Open ATP Tour Masters 1000 hard-court event last month, the young players haven't had the same success.

Shapovalov has lost his last two matches, while Auger-Aliassime is 1-2 in the European clay-court season.

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