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ROTTERDAM — Three years after making his ATP main draw debut in Rotterdam, Felix Auger-Aliassime’s career came full circle when he claimed his first title on the tour with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Greek seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday.
A title win has been a long time coming for the 21-year-old Canadian who has already fallen eight times at the final hurdle. After beating Andrey Rublev in the semi-final in three sets, he needed just 78 minutes to defeat Tsitsipas.
“It hasn’t been the easiest road since my first final three years ago,” Auger-Aliassime said.
“It’s an amazing day for me to get my first title and especially here. I played my first ATP main draw here a few years ago, so it’s only fitting that I won my first title here.
“I have lots of great memories playing here in front of you, so thank you for making this a special week for me that I will remember for the rest of my life. It’s the best day of my career and I hope this is the first of a long series to come.
It was Auger-Aliassime’s second lucky time in Rotterdam after losing the 2020 final to Gael Monfils. Auger-Aliassime fell in the Australian Open quarter-finals but started the season by helping Canada win the ATP Cup in Sydney.