ANTWERP, Belgium – Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime has been quite successful lately. The Montreal native defeated Sebastian Korda of the United States 6-3, 6-4 to secure his second straight ATP Tour title at Sunday’s European Open.
ANTWERP, Belgium – Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime has been quite successful lately.
The Montreal native defeated Sebastian Korda of the United States 6-3, 6-4 to secure his second straight ATP Tour title at Sunday’s European Open. Auger-Aliassime entered the tournament after winning the Firenze Open last week.
“You know, it’s amazing to win back-to-back tournaments again and to win for the first time here in Antwerp against a player like Sebi (Korda) who’s a fantastic player – one of the greats,” Auger-Aliassime said in his Post game interview.
“And it’s been a really tough week. I had to play a lot of tough matches – physically tough. Coming through and winning today was incredible. I’m just super excited and happy to win another title.”
Auger-Aliassime hit seven aces, five of them in the opening set, and won 85 percent of his first serve points in the hour and 25 minute match. The 22-year-old saved two of Korda’s four break point chances while converting his own two chances.
When Auger-Aliassime came into play, he had only been broken once in three games.
The Canadian now has a 2-1 advantage over Korda in career matchups. The last time the two met, Korda defeated Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-2 at the Estoril Open in April.
“Last time we played you did me well so I’m glad I could win against you,” Auger-Aliassime told Korda after the game. “You are such a great player so keep up the good work and good luck to you and your team for the rest of the year.”
Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 10 in the world, now has as many as three ATP Tour titles to his name in his career, having also won the Rotterdam Open in February. After losing his first eight finals matches on the ATP Tour, he has since won three out of four finals, with all of his wins coming in straight sets.
In the opener, Auger-Aliassime earned his first service break at 3-2, where he extended his lead with a drop shot followed by a forehand winner down the line. After giving up another game, Auger-Aliassime held serve in the last two games to win the set.
In the 2-2 draw in the second game, Auger-Aliassime broke Korda’s serve to take the lead. After opening the set 2-1, Auger-Aliassime never gave up the lead after leading 3-2.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 23, 2022.
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