Published: Wed, February 26, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime reaches Open 13 men’s tennis final

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime reaches Open 13 men’s tennis final

Tsitsipas took advantage again, however, when Auger-Aliassime approached the net, forcing him to play defensive shots rather than attacking volleys, and he broke back to take a 4-3 lead before winning his next service game.

Through the week, Auger-Aliassime had been excellent at digging himself out of holes.

Auger-Aliassime had more routine wins since, in the quarter-finals against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov and in the semi-finals against Gilles Simon, making back-to-back finals and looking at a first title on the cards perhaps.

Auger-Aliassime would have been confident of finally ending his wait for tournament success after two wins from his three previous meetings with Tsitsipas, but has still failed to even win a set in his five Tour-level finals. The 21-year-old Tsitsipas won 26 of 30 points when he got his first serve in.

The ATP Cup performance was below expectations, following which, Tsitsipas faced an early third-round loss at the Australian Open against Milos Raonic.

"It's great to be fighting on the court against you", Tsitsipas said at the trophy presentation, per Reuters UK.

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"I tried to stay in the match as much as possible and play each point individually", he said, according to quotes on the ATP Tour website. "You never like losing finals, but now it has been five so it is in my mind".

Auger-Aliassime rallied from a break down to win the first set in just over an hour.

"It's a pleasure playing with Nico, I think he's the best doubles player in the world, in my opinion", said Pospisil.

"It is going to build my character and I am going to overcome this challenge one day".

The Canadian teen is 8-2 in his last 10 after back-to-back finals at Rotterdam and now Marseille. It is what keeps me going in the sport. "I am just going to continue doing my job, working to make it even better next time".

Tsitsipas collected 250 ATP points and received a prize money of 116,030 euros, while Auger-Aliassime got 150 points and 64,225 euros.

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