Felix Agar-Aliasim, who ended Sunday’s Olympic run faster than expected in the suburbs of Tolio, lost early in the two sets, 6-4 and 7-6 (2), ahead of Australian Max Purcell.
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The ninth favorite at his Olympics, the Quebec, despite having eight aces, was deceived by inefficient service. He played only 51% of his first balls and committed nine double errors. Overall, he won just 59% of the rally when he had the balls in hand.
Felix Agar-Aliassim 23 Author of Forced Defects, His Opponent 190E In the ATP Standings, he took advantage of one of his three break points in the first set.
The Maple Leaf spokesman eventually failed to win the last three exchanges he started in the tiebreaker – the last five in all – and he conceded defeat in his first Olympic experience.
Murray loses singles
Agar-Aliasim was initially due to face Britain’s Andy Murray, who will also take part in the doubles.
The two-time Olympic champion, however, had to retire due to a quadriceps injury just hours before the clash.
“I was very disappointed to have to retire, but my medical team advised me not to play in both events, so I decided to retire from singles to focus on doubles with Joe. [Salisbury]Murray said in a statement.
The former world number one won his doubles tournament 6-3, 6-2 with Salisbury over the French – and second seed – Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicholas Mahut, in the first tower.