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MELBOURNE, Australia – All Canadian individual players were eliminated from the Australian Open after Felix Auger-Aliassime and Milos Raonic suffered losses in the round of 16 on Sunday

The 20th Auger-Aliassime placed a 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 decision against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev. Later that day, Serbian Novak Djokovic from Serbia beat 14th Raonic with 7: 6 (4), 4: 6, 6: 1, 6: 4

Auger-Aliassime from Montreal had a two-set lead for the first time in his career and the chance to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam

“He played well,” said Auger-Aliassime. “Of course I wish I could have served better. But I can’t just snap my fingers and it just happens. I just have to be a better player overall to handle these situations overcome ”

Djokovic said he tore a muscle after falling in his previous game, a five-set win over Taylor Fritz He then said he wasn’t sure he could play against Raonic but he managed overcome all problems to be 300 Win a career grand slam match

Five other Canadians – Vasek Pospisil, Denis Shapovalov, Leylah Fernandez, Rebecca Marino and Bianca Andreescu – were excluded from the single game earlier this week

“It’s really a shame I couldn’t get through today,” said Auger-Aliassime, “It’s hard to swallow, but it’s tennis. That’s how it is. That’s life”

Karatsev, number 114 in the world, upset No. Diego Schwartzman from Argentina with 8 seeds reaches the fourth round of the tournament

Halfway through the start, Auger-Aliassime fought against three breakpoints and took over the game 5-2, finally in 39 minutes. The second set lasted only 29 minutes

The Canadian had 10 unforced mistakes in the third set alone, dropping his first set of the week. Karatsev stood steady to make a decision – the first time either of the two players had played a five-set match

“The positive is that I stayed mentally positive,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I believed until the end. Even when I was down in the fifth sentence, I still tried, I still believed”

Meanwhile, Djokovic was wearing duct tape over his right hip and said his injury was “on and off” during the game. Raonic had re-taped his right ankle during a medical break in the second set

“I was just trying to use my serve exactly and work through my service games with as little effort as possible,” said Djokovic

Raonic had a lead of 26-10 aces but ended up with 35 easy mistakes, 10 more than Djokovic

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