Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime beats Sebastian Korda for European Open title
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime has been on a roll lately.
The Montreal native defeated Sebastian Korda of the United States 6-3, 6-4 to claim his second consecutive victory on the ATP Tour at the European Open on Sunday. Auger-Aliassime entered the tournament after winning the Florence Open last week.
« It’s amazing, you know, to win again, back to back tournaments, and to win for the first time here in Antwerp against a player like Sebi (Korda) who is a fantastic player – one of the greats to come » , Auger-Aliassime said in his post-match interview.
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“And it was really a difficult week. I had to play many difficult, physically difficult matches. So to go all the way and win today was amazing. I’m just super excited and happy to get another title.
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Auger-Aliassime hit seven aces, including five in the first set, and won 85% of his first-serve points in the one-hour-and-25-minute match. The 22-year-old saved two of Korda’s four break point chances while converting on his own two opportunities.
Coming into the match, Auger-Aliassime had only been broken once in three matches.
The Canadian now holds a 2-1 advantage over Korda in career matchups. The last time the two met, Korda beat Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-2 at the Estoril Open in April.
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« You served me well the last time we played so I’m glad I could win against you, » Auger-Aliassime told Korda after the match. « You are such a great player, so keep it up and good luck to you and your team for the rest of the year. »
Auger-Aliassime, ranked 10th in the world, now has three ATP Tour titles to his career, having also won the Rotterdam Open in February. After losing his first eight career ATP Tour Finals matches, he has since won three of the four Finals, with all of his victories coming in straight sets.
In the first set, Auger-Aliassime earned his first break of serve at 3-2 where he was able to extend his lead by using a drop shot, followed by a forehand winner down the line. After giving up one more match, Auger-Aliassime held on in the bottom two to win the set.
Tied 2-2 in the second, Auger-Aliassime broke Korda’s serve to take the lead. After opening the set led 2-1, Auger-Aliassime never gave up the lead once again 3-2.
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