Felix Auger-Aliassime became the highest men's seed to exit this year's Wimbledon on Tuesday when serve-and-volley specialist Maxime Cressy sent the Canadian sixth seed packing with a 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(9) 7-6(5) win in the opening round.

Auger-Aliassime, who reached the quarter-finals of the grasscourt Grand Slam last year, failed to find a way to break Cressy's serve during the marathon contest that lasted four hours and 10 minutes.

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"It's very disappointing, that's for sure," he told reporters.

"But I just need to face the reality. The reality is I lost today, and there is nothing I can do anymore, even though of course I had higher ambitions for this tournament.

"But in order to one day win a tournament like this, I need to be able to beat players like today and many different players along the way."

In a match of fine margins, the American saved the lone opportunity he offered on his serve in the opening set with Auger-Aliassime suffering the only service break during the contest.

The 21-year-old Canadian hit more winners and committed fewer unforced errors than his opponent but still lost.

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The 45th-ranked Cressy, who will face qualifier and countryman Jack Sock for a place in the third round, was clearly ahead with his net play -- winning 71% of the points when he advanced forward.

"Today was not just a serve-and-volley," said Auger-Aliassime. "His serve was amazing. He took his chances when he needed to in important points."

"He was courageous, more than me, so he's deserving."