ATP Rotterdam: Felix Auger-Aliassime wins first ATP title over Stefanos Tsitsipas



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ATP Rotterdam: Felix Auger-Aliassime wins first ATP title over Stefanos Tsitsipas

Felix Auger-Aliassime claimed the first ATP title in Rotterdam, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 17 minutes. Thus, the young Canadian took a massive burden off his back, losing the opening eight ATP finals in straight sets and fixing that in Rotterdam for the milestone trophy and 500 points on his tally.

Felix has won 12 out of 15 matches in 2022, lifting the ATP Cup with Denis Shapovalov and reaching the Australian Open quarter-final before heading all the way in Rotterdam and ending his losing streak. Before the final, it was clear that one negative streak would end, and the other would continue.

Namely, Stefanos is now 0-8 in the ATP 500 finals, failing to make an extra step and lift the trophy, despite winning titles on the Masters 1000 and the ATP Finals level! On Sunday, the Canadian was too strong for the Greek, dropping seven points behind the initial shot and never facing a break point.

Felix Auger-Aliassime played on a high level against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Stefanos struggled behind the second serve and got broken three times from six chances offered to his opponent to fall 7-11 in the ATP finals. Felix had the upper hand in the shortest and more advanced rallies to control the pace and emerge at the top in under 80 minutes.

Auger-Aliassime grabbed an early break in the encounter's opening game following a deep return and fired a service winner in the next one to open a 2-0 gap. The younger player fired another booming serve in game four to move 3-1 ahead and earned another break chance in the next one after Stefanos' forehand error.

World no. 4 saved it with a volley winner at the net and brought the game home with two more direct points to remain within one break deficit. Felix secured the sixth game with an ace and opened a 5-3 gap with a smash winner two games later.

Stefanos held at 30 in game nine for 4-5, and Felix paints three service winners in the next one for 6-4 in 40 minutes. Like the opener, Tsitsipas got broken at love at the beginning of the second set, and Auger-Aliassime cemented the lead after deuce in game two for a massive advantage.

Stefanos claimed four straight points from 40-15 down in the third game to avoid disaster and at least stay in touch. The Canadian secured the fourth game with a smash winner and broke in the next one thanks to the Greek's backhand error.

Auger-Aliassime landed an ace in game six to move 5-1 in front and sealed the deal with a hold at love at 5-2 for the first out of many ATP titles.