Tsitsipas Defends Marseille Title, Hands Auger-Aliassime His Fifth Final Loss
by Staff | February 23rd, 2020, 1:35 pm
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After a tough start to 2020, Stefanos Tsitsipas got back in the win column taking his second straight Marseille title beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4.

The Greek, who was just 3-4 on the season entering, has won his last 16 sets at the event.

“I played a good quality of tennis today and I showed everyone what I am capable of,” said Tsitsipas who beat Mikhail Kukushkin in 2019. “Serving well, returning well, just being there behind every single ball, executing, dominating and being clever in my decision-making.”

Tsitsipas now has five career titles, four of them indoors.

“I am just going to continue doing my job, working to make it even better next time,” Tsitsipas said. “My opponents, I respect every single one of them… It means the world to me to be able to be one of these people that can play well and others can enjoy watching.”

The 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime fell short in a final for a fifth time and is 0-10 in sets.

”I feel disappointed. You never like losing finals, but now it has been five so it is in my mind,” said Auger-Aliassime who made the final without facing a Top 50 player. “It is tough, but I think it is just going to make me a better player.

”It is going to build my character and I am going to overcome this challenge one day. I’ll keep working towards that goal. I am working to win bigger tournaments and to achieve even better things, so I am not going to stop here.”

The Canadian teen is 8-2 in his last 10 after back-to-back finals at Rotterdam and now Marseille. As his ranking continues to climb, he does have the Miami Masters semifinal points to defend next month.

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