Felix Auger-Aliassime wins his first career ATP title

Feb 13 2022, 4:30 pm

After many shots at his first career title, Felix Auger-Aliassime is officially a pro tennis champion.

Going 0-8 in nine previous ATP Finals, the 21-year-old Montreal native defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to capture his first ATP championship at the Rotterdam Open.

A triumphant Auger-Aliassime fell to the court in celebration before going over to congratulate Tsitsipas, the tournament’s top seed and the No. 4 seed in the world on the ATP rankings.

Auger-Aliassime won the match by a 6-4, 6-2 in just 78 minutes to clinch the title win.

It was the second appearance in the Rotterdam final for Auger-Aliassime, having lost to Gael MonfilsĀ in 2020.

ā€œIt has not been the smoothest road since my first final three years ago,ā€ Auger-Aliassime said during the trophy ceremony. ā€œIt is an amazing day for me to get my first title and especially here. I played my first ATP main draw here a couple of years ago, so it is right I won my first title here.ā€

In his five matches in Rotterdam, Auger-Aliassime won three of them in straight sets, including a round of 16 victory over former world No. 1 Andy Murray.

After Canada’s win at the ATP Cup, Auger-Aliassime hit a career-high ranking of ninth in the world last month. Auger-Aliassime then kicked off his Grand Slam season by making it to the Australian Open quarterfinals, but fell in a five-set thriller to eventual champion Daniil Medvedev.

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