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.
🇨🇦 Felix Auger-Aliassime defeats 🇬🇷 Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament! pic.twitter.com/JZDTtVyFB1
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) February 13, 2022
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 Monfils in 2020.
“It has not been the smoothest road since my first final three years ago,” Auger-Aliassime said during the trophy ceremony. “It 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.”
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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