Brit Dan Evans captured his first career ATP title Sunday in Melbourne denying Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Murray River Open.
Evans was 0-2 in final previously but was able to jump all over the Canadian earning a quick break to go up 3-2.
“The past three matches, I really put my game on the court and was decisive in how I was going to play,” said Evans. “I made clear decisions, and [decided] to come forward and be aggressive. The match point probably summed it up, to hit a forehand down the line and finish at the net was a pretty good way to finish it.”
Auger-Aliassime falls to 0-7 in ATP finals and has yet to even win a single set (0-14). The talented 20-year-old was not pleased with his performance.
“It was not good, for my part,” Auger-Aliassime said. “It was tough. I think he played a good match. Credit to him for today. He did what he had to do. He played well. He was aggressive, mixing it up well, and I just didn’t play a good match overall for my part.”
Auger-Aliassime returns to the courts Monday in Melbourne to face Cedric-Marcel Stebe.
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