Auger-Aliassime—co-6th favorite to win Wimbledon—wins first Slam match

Auger-Aliassime—co-6th favorite to win Wimbledon—wins first Slam match

The 18-year-old defeated fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Canada Day, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

On Canada Day, Felix Auger-Aliassime won an all-Canadian first-rounder at Wimbledon, defeating 2015 quarterfinalist Vasek Pospisil, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

This is Auger-Aliassime's first career win at a Grand Slam tournament. The normal reaction to such a fact is one of celebration, as the player can't reasonably be expected to go deep at the major. Enjoy the breakthrough moment while it lasts, right?

Well, Auger-Alisassime isn't your normal kind of player. The 18-year-old lived up to his potential in juniors, and appears on a fast track to do so in the pros. As a qualifier, he reached the semifinals at the prestigious Miami Masters earlier this year, and in his last three tournaments—one on clay, two on grass—FAA is 9-3, including a win over Stefanos Tsitsipas at Queen's Club.

There's a very good chance Auger-Aliassime would have earned his first Grand Slam match win at Roland Garros had he not suffered a groin injury in the Lyon final. So the win came at Wimbledon—where he is, if you can believe it, tied with Marin Cilic as the sixth betting favorite to win the entire tournament, according to Bovada:

By all means, Auger-Aliassime's win should be celebrated—this achievement only happens once. But if the oddsmakers are right, FAA and his Canadian fans will be celebrating a few other times at the All England Club.