Felix Auger-Aliassime Destroys World Number 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas in Straight Sets to Capture Maiden ATP Title in Rotterdam

Published 02/13/2022, 10:59 AM EST
Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands – February 13, 2022 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas during the final against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

The stakes are high when two exciting stars – Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime took to the center court at the ATP Rotterdam final on Sunday. Both the players are yet to win an ATP 500 title in their careers. While Tsitsipas achieved success on Masters 1000 events, he hasn’t been exceptionally successful in the finals of 500 events.

Felix, on the other hand, has been unlucky when it comes to championship matches. An all-around player who can dismantle the opponent with his exceptional serve and forehand, the Canadian often found it hard to live up to the expectations when it comes to playing finals.

Winning the title in Rotterdam would be special for both Felix and Tsitsipas. Let’s see how the match progressed.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime comes up with a solid performance to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets

The Greek star hasn’t been in an exceptional form as of late, ever since he made a comeback after the elbow surgery in late November last year. Even though he played a flawless match against Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open, it turned out to be a one-off encounter. The same thing happened today in Rotterdam as he couldn’t find the extra gear to cause any sort of trouble to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands – February 13, 2022 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime pose for a photograph ahead of their final REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Felix was able to break the Greek‘s serve and went on to clinch the first set, 6-4. The second set was where Tsitsipas fell flat as he lost his first service game and failed to apply any pressure on the immediate return game.

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As a result, the Canadian got a comfortable lead of 3-0 in the second and was just three games away from winning his first-ever ATP title. Despite Tsitsipas applying pressure in subsequent return games, it didn’t have a huge impact as Felix became completely confident about his serve as he closed out the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

It was a special moment for Felix Auger-Aliassime as he has been waiting to get his hands on an ATP title for so long and this victory will propel the Canadian to win more on the men’s tour this season.

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Since the start of 2019, Felix has reached nine ATP finals(including Rotterdam) and became victorious at last. The Canadian has proved to the world already that he has abundant talent, and this win will definitely add to the confidence of the youngster.

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Over the past few years, Felix remained extremely patient and focused more on his game, as he believed that it would lead him to an ATP title one day.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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