Felix Auger-Aliassime’s search for a first ATP career title goes on. The Canadian who didn’t begin his season too well has now reached back to back finals in Rotterdam and Marseille but is yet to pick up a winners trophy.
Gael Monfils stood in his way last week and this week a resurgent Stefanos Tsitsipas got the job done against the teenager.
Felix’ first final came in Rio twelve months ago and since then whether it has been on clay, grass or hard he hasn’t found a set of tennis in any of the five.
Stefanos Tsitsipas needed this week in Marseille and I was impressed with the improvement in his level from a week ago in Rotterdam to now.
The second seed had to orchestrate his way through a tricky draw in Marseille coming up against some awkward players. Mikael Ymer who has sung the Greeks praises this week for helping him with his game was his first opponent.
Tsitsipas saw off the Swede 6-1 6-3 and continued the week in fashion winning his next two matches in straight sets and by the scoreline 7-5 6-3 against Vasek Pospisil and Alexander Bublik.
It was a good final between Felix and Stefanos and we saw the full extent of their skills but it was Tsitsipas who played with a bit more intensity. When he got that first break in the opening set it wasn’t that much of a surprise and Felix couldn’t conjure much up to trouble the Greek.
The second set followed a similar theme as Stefanos orchestrated himself another lead to lead by a break at 3-2. At the change over the Canadian was very animate talking to himself to try and pep himself up a little.
He dug deep and managed to stand in on his backhand to set up some break points which he took. Unfortunately in the next game he made a few mistakes at the net against the Greek who passed him on two occasions to break back.
From there on in the 21 year old looked locked in as he sealed a 6-3 6-4 win to win his first title of 2020 and defend his Marseille title!
Tough luck for Felix but his time will come, there is no doubt about that.