After eight losses in finals without winning a single set, Felix Auger-Aliassime finally got his title, and he did it in style. The Canadian topped Stefanos Tsitsipas rolling 6-4, 6-2 to claim the Rotterdam crown.
“It has not been the smoothest road since my first final three years ago,” Auger-Aliassime told the crowd. “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.”
Off a win over 2021 champion Andrey Rublev, the 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime saved some of his best tennis for last, working over the favored Greek from the baseline. And Rotterdam is where he made his pro debut.
“It is the happiest day of my career and hopefully it is the first of many to come,” he added.
Tsitsipas, who had beaten Auger-Aliassime in five of seven meetings, hasn’t won a title since May.
“He played a really good match, producing really good shots and serving well the whole match,” Tsitsipas said. “I wasn’t able to serve well at all today. He played very well.”
With Auger-Aliassime’s title finally out of the way, this will more than likely spur him on to bigger things down the road.
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