MONTREAL'S FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME BEATS TOP-SEEDED TSITSIPAS TO WIN FIRST TITLE

Feb 13, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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Felix Auger-Aliassime won his first career title at the ninth attempt, upsetting top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2 in the Rotterdam final on Sunday to deny his opponent an eighth title.

Victory came as a relief for the 21-year-old Canadian after losing his previous eight finals dating back to 2019.

The third-seeded Auger-Aliassime hit seven aces and won 93% of his first serve points, compared to just one ace for Tsitsipas.

The big-serving Greek was unusually poor on his serve with four double-faults and only 31 of 55 first serves landing in. His second serve let him down, too, and he won only 33% of points on it.

It was Auger-Aliassime’s third win in eight matches against Tsitsipas, and he did not face a break point in a dominant performance where he broke Tsitsipas three times.

The 23-year-old Tsitsipas dropped to 7-11 in finals.

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