Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas showed his class after the Rotterdam final and congratulated Felix Auger-Aliassime on winning his first ATP title. Auger-Aliassime, 21, saw off top-seeded Tsitsipas 6-4 6-2 in the Rotterdam final to finally lift his maiden ATP title.
Auger-Aliassime got off to a great start, having broken Tsitsipas in the opening game of the match. Auger-Aliassime had a chance to go up by a double break but Tsitsipas saved a break point in the fifth game to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
However, Auger-Aliassime held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. After winning the first set, Auger-Aliassime broke Tsitsipas twice to book a straight-set win. "Congratulations Felix, the first one is the most special," Tsitsipas during on-court trophy presentation, as revealed by Tennis Majors.
"I hope you keep winning titles. I mean, not when I'm in the tournament, but.."
Auger-Aliassime dismantled Tsitsipas
After losing his first eight ATP finals, Auger-Aliassime delivered a strong performance against Tsitsipas to lift his maiden ATP title.
“It has not been the smoothest road since my first final three years ago,” Auger-Aliassime said during the trophy ceremony. “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”.
Auger-Aliassime described it as the happiest day of his career. “I have a lot of good memories playing here in front of you, so thank you for making it a special week for me that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Auger-Aliassime said.
“It is the happiest day of my career and hopefully it is the first of many to come”. Tsitsipas has had two strong runs so far this year but he hasn't won any titles yet. Previously, Tsitsipas was beaten by Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open semifinal.