Maxime Cressy holds serve perfectly through two matches at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open. After not facing a break point in his first win against Mitchell Krueger, the fourth seed saved three break points on Thursday against Steve Johnson in the quarterfinals.
In a 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 win, Cressy turned the match around with a key three-game run that spanned the final two sets. After capitalizing on his first break chances late in the second, he saved a break point by serving out the set.
Cressy broke again to start the decider and did not face a break point in the final set. “It was actually a very tough first set, with a lot of nerves. Playing on center court is amazing,” Cressy said in her on-court interview.
“[Johnson] is a fantastic player. He was extremely focused and spot on on serve in the first set. I had to focus on my serve, what I can control, and I was really able to do that successfully, especially starting in the second set.”
Cressy handled a nervous moment when he got the match out after two consecutive double faults that turned two match points at 40/15 into two. But he stayed aggressive on the next two points, netting a pair of second serves to advance to his third semi-final of the 2022 season.
“There is never better practice than matches,” Cressy said of handling the pressure against the 2018 Newport champion. “I think my secret would be to play a lot of tournaments and a lot of matches.” Since skipping Wimbledon in 2022, Roger Federer has dropped out of the ATP rankings for the first time in 25 years.
Auger-Aliassime on King Roger
In a recent interview, Felix Auger Aliassime revealed that Roger Federer is the most famous person to have texted him. It was a congratulatory message from Federer following the Canadian’s long-awaited first ATP title win in Rotterdam earlier this year.
“He is definitely the most famous person that has ever texted me,” Auger Aliassime said. “When I won my first title this year, he texted me and said he was just very happy for me and congrats. I thought like that was really nice, like I didn’t expect that.”
The 40-year-old made his debut in September 1997 when he was 16 years old. The Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is famous for his calm, composed, and down-to-earth self. People adore him for his on-court as well as off-court-court ethics.