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Auger-Aliassime, the latest victim of Netflix's 'curse' in an Australian Open that knocks down favorites


The Canadian was the only one of the tennis players on the promotional flyer for the 'Break Point' series who was still in the race. This Sunday, the Polish Iga Swiatek, number one in the world, and the American Coco Gauff joined the long list of seeded eliminated.

The protagonists of

Break Point

, the new

Netflix series

that allows you to spy on (and understand) what life was like for some of the best tennis players in the world during 2022,

can feel like in a horror movie

, in the style of

Final Destination


One by one, the members of the


with which the on-demand platform launched the first season on January 13

suffered the elimination of the Australian Open


This Sunday, the last "victim" was the Canadian

Felix Auger-Aliassime

, seeded sixth, who fell in four sets against the Czech revelation 

Jiri Lehecka


Lehecka landed in Australia with a 0-4 mark in his Grand Slam appearances, but is already in the quarterfinals after a

4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 7-6 victory.


, in three hours and 14 minutes of play.

"All the guys I've beaten here, they're all incredible players, so I must be playing my best tennis

," said Lehecka, after beating Croatian Borna Coric (21) and Britain's Cameron Norrie (21) in previous rounds. 11), results that will allow him to climb at least 32 positions to position number 39 on the ATP list.

"We are going to see him frequently in the future

," said Auger-Aliassime, who had beaten Argentina's

Francisco Cerúndolo

in the third round of the Australian Open, but was left out of the picture, 'fulfilling' the prophecy that had begun last Friday regarding those who promoted the first season of the series that shows the intimacy of the professional tennis circuit.

"And then there was one. #CurseNetflix"

, journalist Bastien Fachan, author of the book "Big 3" about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, published on November 3, 2022, wrote on his Twitter account.

"It looks like the movie of Final Destination"

, a follower responded to the fact that Auger-Aliassime was the only one in the race after the first week of the Grand Slam.

Seeded sixth in the tournament, the Canadian was no stranger to the "curse" being talked about in Melbourne.

It is that

Casper Ruud, Ons Jabeur and Matteo Berrettini were some of the players who appeared in the Netflix series and fell at the start of the tournament

, while

Nick Kyrgios


Paula Badosa


Ajla Tomljanovic

did not even play a game.


My girlfriend showed it to me today, I didn't know.

I realized that there were players losing, but it didn't cross my mind until she showed it to me this morning. I thought it was funny," the 22-year-old Canadian had said after of the match with Cerúndolo.

The previous elimination occurred on Friday when the Chinese Lin Zhu (87th in the world) surprised by qualifying for the round of 16 with an exciting victory over the Greek

Maria Sakkari

(6th) by 7-6 (3), 1-6 and 6-4.

"I don't know, I don't think it's connected.

Maybe the players who lost feel there's some connection. I don't think so, but yeah, it's funny how things develop sometimes

," Auger-Aliassime said, before Sunday's 'curse' will rest on his intentions in Melbourne.

Roland Garros marks the appearance of Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in Break Point, the Netflix series.

Unpublished record and nightmare for the preclassified

It is a complicated Grand Slam for many seeded players.

This Sunday also represented the end of the road for the Polish

Iga Swiatek

, number one in the world, and the young American

Coco Gauff

, who joined

the long list of favorites eliminated from the Australian Open


The Greek

Stefanos Tsitsipas

, the top seed that still holds out, sweated to avoid an intense duel against the Italian

Jannik Sinner,

who came back from two sets to take the definition to the fifth set 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4- 6, 6-3.

"I feel like I've spent a century on the court playing tennis. But what a great night! It was superb!"

, assured the 24-year-old Greek, undefeated in 2023 and who lost his first sets in the tournament in this match.

In the other quarterfinal tie, the American

Sebastian Korda

(N. 31) and the Russian

Karen Kachanov

(N. 20) will face each other, who eliminated the Japanese

Yoshihito Nishioka

(N. 33) 6-0, 6-0, 7 -6 (7-4).

For his part, Korda, executioner in the previous round of the Russian

Daniil Medvedev

, got rid of the Polish

Hubert Hurkacz

(N. 11) in five combative sets in a black day for the Slavic country.

But the blow was in the women's draw, where Swiatek, winner at Roland Garros and at the US Open, succumbed to the hard blow of the winner at Wimbledon, the Kazakh

Elena Rybakina

(N. 25), who won by a double 6-4 .

This is

how an unprecedented event occurred in the Open era, which began in 1968

: the two main seeded teams in both individual draws are out in the quarterfinals after the elimination of Swiatek and the Tunisian

Ons Jabeur

, and the Spanish

Rafael Nadal

and the Norwegian

Casper Ruud


The surprises did not end there: the Latvian

Jelena Ostapenko

(17th) ended the hopes of lifting a Grand Slam from

Coco Gauff

(7th) 7-5, 6-3 and passed for the first time since 2018 to the quarterfinals of a big one, where he will cross with Rybakina.

Now favorite as the third seed, the American

Jessica Pegula

did not fail and resolved in two sets against the Czech

Barbora Krejcikova

(7-5, 6-2).

What shows the new Netflix series

Using the same format as

'Drive to Survive'

, the success that has documented the lives of Formula 1 drivers for several seasons, in

Break Point

the protagonists are the players who open the doors of their privacy so that the fans have the possibility to understand all the vicissitudes that professionals go through.

The first half of the initial season calls for four tournaments.

And it covers them through the experiences of different protagonists with cameras that accompany them far beyond the courts.

The first two chapters take place in the Australian Open

, the one that was shaken by the decision of the Justice to expel a Djokovic without vaccinations.

There, through the action at Melbourne Park, one understands a little more about the endless rebellion of the ineffable Kyrgios, who in those days was deciding whether or not to leave tennis with his ghosts of childhood obesity and his times of reveler, and his ground cable, Kokkinakis, with whom he lived an unforgettable doubles tournament.

Nick Kyrgios is the protagonist of the Australian Open episodes in Break Point, the Netflix series.

There also about the dreams and frustrations of a couple of tennis players, such as the Italian Berrettini and the Croatian-Australian Tomjanovic -who later was the "villain" who ended the career of Serena Williams-.

The season continues in Indian Wells

, the tournament that is played in the California desert and is considered the fifth Grand Slam.

There, the American Fritz, who would end up winning the tournament, and the Greek Sakkari and her fight to make great history take center stage.

It is also where 'Break Point' begins to delve into an increasingly visible problem in high-performance sport: the mental health of athletes who push their psyche beyond its limits to enhance their game.

Fritz and his decision to play the final injured and Sakkari and his retirement from tennis for less than a week, perhaps, are the pearls of a series in which

the great debt is not having had greater access to the privacy of Nadal, Djokovic, Federer or Serena

, who seems not to have been tempted by the production wallet to air their secrets.

The promotional poster for Break Point, the series with which Netflix will tell the intimacy of the professional tennis circuit.

The Tunisian Jabeur, the first African and Arab to succeed on the women's tour, and the Spanish Badosa, number two in the world at the time, are

the guiding thread of the episode that takes place in Madrid


The last leg of this first half of the series takes place at

Roland Garros


And those who show behind the scenes of the second Grand Slam of the year are the Canadian Auger-Aliassime and the Norwegian Ruud.

Through them, "intimate enemies" of Rafael Nadal, it is relived how the Spaniard once again made magic with his resilient tennis to reach 22 coronations in major tournaments.

look also

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Australian Open: Francisco Cerúndolo gave in to logic and was eliminated by Auger-Aliassime

Source: clarin

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