Félix Auger-Aliassime is champion in Florence
Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime signed his second title on the ATP circuit on Sunday in Florence, defeating American JJ Wolf in two sets of 6-4 and 6-4.
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It was a break in the fifth game of the second set that made the difference in the score in favor of « FAA », who became the first Canadian since Milos Raonic, in 2013, to win two ATP tournaments in the same year.
Auger-Aliassime had previously lost his first eight finals before opening his counter earlier this year. He then defeated the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rotterdam. The 13th racket in the world thus shows a record of 2-9 in the career in the final matches.
« I’m very happy, you never get tired of winning, » he said on the pitch, according to comments reported by the ATP website. It’s always like it’s the first time. It’s so special.”
True to form, Auger-Aliassime used his serve to muzzle his opponent. He has indeed won 85% of exchanges with his first ball and slammed 11 aces. It is also with this weapon that he put an end to the meeting.
However, the match had started badly in this chapter for him since he was broken in his first game with the balls in hand. If he gave in on the first break point, he nevertheless made sure afterwards not to give his opponent the slightest opportunity.
“I had a good start in the first game, then a first game that was a little tight on serve, he analyzed. But then I felt like I was playing really good tennis, serving amazingly. Probably my best [match au service] this week, so I’m really happy right now. »
Wolf also struggled on serve early in the game as the first three games ended in a break. The American, who suffered two of those breaks, faced eight break points in this set alone.
Despite the loss, Wolf will certainly be pleased with his run this week. He had never done better than a quarter-final appearance before this competition in Italy. Currently 75th in the world, he should climb several positions in the next ranking.
Auger-Aliassime came into this ATP 250 tournament as a favorite, and the logic was respected. But the main interested party needed all his efforts to triumph, and this victory should allow him to return to the top 10 in the world.
“There is no magic, he argued. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but of course I’m really happy because I came here [comme] the first seed. I was the favorite in all my games on paper. It’s never an easy position, so to go out and win my four games with confidence and conviction is really good for my confidence.