The 3 times champion; Andy Murray's US Open dreams came to a pitiable end as exciting 20 yer old Canadian prospect Felix Auger-Aliassime claimed a convincing straight-sets win in the early hours of Friday morning.
Murray headed into his second-round encounter having endured a marathon five-set win over Yoshihito Nishioka, in his first Grand Slam singles match since career-saving hip surgery 20 months ago. The game ended 6-2 6-3 6-4 to Felix Auger-Aliassime
The writing was on the wall for the three-time Grand Slam champion against a player 13 years his junior from the very start as Auger-Aliassime struck 24 aces and 52 winners on his way to victory with Murray failing to create a single break point opportunity in the entire match.
"It's an amazing feeling. I wish the fans were here," said Auger-Aliassime. "Life is funny, I came here as a kid in 2011 and it's crazy that nine years later I'm here getting the win.
"I think it's all come together. We've been away from tennis for five months and I've been working on my serve. Even with nerves I was able to serve well.
"But in the back of your mind you know you are facing Andy Murray. You never know what tricks he's got in his pocket. To close it out is not easy. You're facing a great champion."
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