Auger-Aliassime Finally Wins First Title, Rolls Tsitsipas In Rotterdam

by Staff | February 13th, 2022, 5:31 pm

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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2 Comments for Auger-Aliassime Finally Wins First Title, Rolls Tsitsipas In Rotterdam

Dan the Man Says:

Felix is finally coming into the long awaited promise he has shown at such a young age. Not only did he thump Tsitsipas badly in this match (no break points on his serve, swatting away 70% of Tsitsipas’ 2nd serves like they were nothing), but he has progressed rapidly early last year. QF at Wimbledon beating Zverev, SF at the U.S. Open, both last year, and a match point against Medvedev in the Aussie Open QF. Felix is on a tear and is destined to break into the top 5 this year. Watch out, he is only 21! Compare that to Medvedev 26, Tsitsipas 23 and Zverev 24. He is only going to get better at such a young age.

Zed Says:

Dan, agreed. Some great battles ahead for him and at this early stage it’s hard to pick between Felix and Sinner for who will end up with more years at number #1.

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