It took Felix Auger-Aliassime 9 finals to boost his first ATP Tour trophy. In simply his 2nd championship fit since, the Canadian added any other trophy to his assortment.
Auger-Aliassime defeated American J.J. Wolf 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the UniCredit Firenze Open. The best seed misplaced only one set en path to the trophy, defeating World No. 75 Wolf in a single hour and 41 mins to say the crown.
“It never gets old. Winning, it always feels like the first time,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned in his on-court interview. “It’s so special to win, especially here. I had a fantastic week and it’s been amazing.”
It used to be a important week for Auger-Aliassime’s hopes of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, which shall be performed in Turin from 13-20 November. One week after Taylor Fritz moved into the overall qualifying place through triumphing in Tokyo, Auger-Aliassime surged previous the American into 7th within the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. He now has a 180-point lead over the American. Tenth-placed Novak Djokovic has claimed his spot in Turin underneath the Grand Slam champion provision, which awards access to a current-year primary winner who finishes between 8th and twentieth within the Live Race.
Auger-Aliassime arrived in Florence following a straight-sets loss to Roberto Bautista Agut within the first spherical of the Astana Open, however briefly regained his self belief. The Canadian misplaced his serve simply 4 instances on the ATP 250, powering previous combatants with all kinds of sport kinds — the competitive Oscar Otte, big-hitting Brandon Nakashima, all-around Lorenzo Musetti and baseliner Wolf — to earn his 2nd trophy (additionally Rotterdam).
“Every final is tough, it’s the two best players of the week,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned. “Of route you attempt to win greater than you lose the finals and that is the reason why I got here out right here as of late in a position to provide the entirety. We had some very tricky rallies in the second one set, feeling tricky bodily. But you stay pushing, attempt to stay the extent excessive.
“But there’s no magic. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but of course I’m really happy because I came here [as] the first seed. I was the favourite in all of my matches on paper. It’s never an easy position, so to come out and win my four matches with confidence and conviction, it’s really good for my confidence.”
Sunday’s ultimate started with 3 consecutive carrier breaks as each avid gamers looked for rhythm at the indoor laborious court docket. But it used to be Auger-Aliassime who persistently earned extra alternatives on his opponent’s serve. After dropping his first carrier sport of the fit, Felix didn’t face any other wreck level.
“I had a good start first game and then a bit of a tight first service game,” Auger-Aliassime. “But then after I felt like I was playing really good tennis, serving unbelievable. Probably the best [I served] all week, so just really happy right now.”
Wolf stored 9 of the 12 wreck issues he confronted, nevertheless it used to be now not sufficient. The American attempted to business tough blows with Auger-Aliassime, appearing no concern of putting from proper at the baseline, or getting into returns in opposition to the big-serving Canadian.
But Auger-Aliassime maintained too excessive of a degree all over the fit and used to be extra at ease in the ones power-filled rallies. The 22-year-old sealed his victory together with his eleventh ace, and then he briefly grew to become to his group to turn his pleasure.
Wolf used to be looking to win his first ATP Tour identify. The American will climb to a career-high No. 56 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings on Monday.
Did You Know?
Auger-Aliassime will go back to the Top 10 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings when he climbs to World No. 10 on Monday. The Canadian ascended to a career-high World No. 8 in August.