The Lyon title will stay in France as Benoit Paire put together a magical week at event culminating with a title over teen phenom Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-3.
Paire’s all-Americas run took him past Mackenzie McDonald, Pablo Cuevas, Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz before the big win today. And it earned him his third career ATP title.
“I think I played well already in Marrakech. I started the season a little bit bad with some injuries… so it was not easy at the beginning,” Paire said. “But I feel much better now. I feel good on court, I feel very confident. When you feel confident, you can win a lot of matches against good players.”
Paire now heads to his home Slam in Paris where he’ll meet Marius Copil.
“I expect a lot for Roland Garros now,” said Paire. “[I want to] win a lot of matches. I don’t know how many… if physically I feel 100%, I hope I can go to the second week because for a Slam it would be my first time in Paris, so that’s my goal and we will see if I could do it.”
A groin issue trouble Auger-Aliassime putting the 18-year-old’s participation at the French in some doubt.
“I had a good week even though it didn’t end the way I wanted, not playing the way I wanted or being physically well,” said the 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime. “There’s disappointment because these finals don’t come around often but there’s a lot of positives to take from that week. Hopefully I give myself other chances for titles.”
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