On Sunday in Rotterdam, 21-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime may do no improper.
The third seed and world No. 9 from Canada dismantled high seed and world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2 in a single hour and 18 minutes to win the ABN Amro World Tennis Event.
Within the first sport, Auger-Aliassime had a great begin, breaking Tsistsipas by dashing him with highly effective forehands off the return.
Within the second set, 4-1, 15-love, he discovered the road on an inside-in forehand winner.
Within the second set, 5-1, first level, he was jammed returning the primary serve, however nonetheless managed to hit a winner crosscourt with an inside-out backhand.
Within the second set, 5-2, first level, he hit a backhand open stance down-the-line winner off Tsitsipas’s strategy. The Greek took an extended look in disbelief.
The Canadian then held at like to win his first ATP Tour title, after arising brief in eight earlier finals.
Celebrating, he held his arms up, bowed to the bottom, dropped his racquet. He then shook Tsitsipas’s hand and the umpire’s hand. Lastly, roaring, he leapt into the air with a fist pump, earlier than hugging his mom and coach and Facetiming along with his father, who’s a coach again in Quebec.
In his press convention after the match, Auger-Aliassime stated: “I performed considered one of my finest matches this week, most likely. Couldn’t have requested for a greater approach to win the title, particularly towards a participant like Stefanos, to have the ability to win comfortably in a manner with the rating, and to have the ability to serve that nicely and to dominate.
“It was a particular match, for positive, one which I’ll bear in mind for a very long time. And to get my first title with that. It’s a big day for me, one thing that I’ve been eager about and dealing in the direction of for some time now, for the final couple of years since I’m on the tour. And now lastly the day comes. It’s absolutely essentially the most big day in my profession.”
In his press convention after the match, Tsitsipas stated: “He was taking part in superb tennis. He was capable of produce some good pictures and serving extremely nicely all through the entire match. I wasn’t capable of reply.
“I simply felt mentally drained. I wasn’t capable of serve nicely in any respect right now. My percentages have been so low. I really feel like I performed quite a lot of tennis this week, and it form of got here out in that match.
“To not take something away from him. He performed very nicely. He didn’t actually give me something to combat again.”
Auger-Aliassime stated: “I believe wanting again in my profession, I believe Rotterdam will at all times have a particular place. You realize, there’s just one first title. And it got here right here. Really, I’ve had an excellent relationship with the event, with the followers right here. I performed my first ATP foremost draw right here, so it’s a form of a particular story that I’ll be capable to have for me.
“It’s an enormous reduction, greater than something. After all, I’m comfortable. However I believe that the reduction is even larger. Simply because, I imply, I heard about it many instances, belief me. And it’s not straightforward. You realize, it’s not straightforward. I’m human in spite of everything. I’m like all of you guys. I stay the identical feelings that everyone does. I’ve doubts, I’ve fears at instances. I stress, like all people. However I attempt to do my finest.
“So undoubtedly now it’s only a huge reduction to not have to listen to about these finals anymore. About not successful a title. For positive, I believe on high of every part, it’s the largest factor. It’s the reduction that I can have now. Now I can simply play much more freely with regards to these final matches within the event, these finals sooner or later. I may even free myself much more, I suppose.”