Canadian famous tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime win three consecutive titles on the ATP Tour
With three straight titles to end October, the Montrealer is poised to play in his first ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) finals and lead Canada in the Davis Cup finals.
The 22-year-old Montrealer defeated Denmark’s Holger Rune 6-3, 7-5 Sunday in the final of the Swiss Indoors Basel event. He also won two straight titles in Florence, Italy, and Antwerp, Belgium, to join Andy Murray and Casper Ruud as the only players to win three consecutive titles on the ATP Tour.
Auger-Aliassime will take a 13-match win streak into Paris this week for the year’s final ATP Masters 1000 event. Then it’s on to Turin, Italy, for the eight- man ATP Finals and he’ll finish the month representing Canada in the Davis Cup finals in Malaga, Spain.
Making his first appearance in the ATP Finals was Auger-Aliassime’s goal this year and he all but wrapped up a spot his win in Basel. He moved into sixth place on the qualifying list and, with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic earning a wild-card as a Grand Slam champion, the only way Auger-Aliassime can be bumped is if Taylor Fritz of the U.S. or Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz win in Paris.
“It’s been an amazing week,” said Auger-Aliassime, who trounced world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.
“Once again in the final, not getting broken all week. (It’s been) a long year, a long stretch of wins, and it’s not over,” said Auger-Aliassime Sunday. “So hopefully I can keep going, but right now I’m feeling all the good emotions that come with winning a tournament. It’s amazing. I don’t usually react that much, but it was a really genuine reaction at the end, with the amount of tension in that last game. I’m over the moon.”
The Canadian said he was particularly happy to get his third consecutive win at a tournament that his boyhood idol, Roger Federer, won 10 times.
“It’s really cool,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I actually thought about him this morning, and thought how cool it would be if I win here, where he won 10 times. I’m very far from that, but it’s so cool to have my name with all these great champions at this prestigious tournament.”
Canada, which received a wild-card into the first phase of the Davis Cup finals after defending champion Russia was tossed out over its invasion of Ukraine, has to be regarded as one of the favourites in Malaga.
In the first round, Canada will play a German team that is missing the injured Alexander Zverev and doesn’t have a player in the top 50.
Canada would face the winner of the U.S.-Italy semifinal. Italy has a capable hard-court player in Jannik Sinner (world No. 12) but Matteo Berrettini (15) and Lorenzo Musetti (23) are more comfortable on slower surfaces. The U.S. is led by Fritz (11) and Frances Tiafoe (21).
Rafael Nadal, who is No. 2 in the ATP rankings, decided not to play Davis Cup, but Spain is favoured to come out of the bottom of the draw with Alcaraz, Pablo Carreno Busta (14) and Roberto Bautista Agut (20) enjoying a home-court advantage. The key to a Canada-Spain final could be the matchup between Auger-Aliassime and Alcaraz and the Canadian has a 3-0 career edge over the Spaniard, including a win last month in the preliminary stage of the Davis Cup finals in Seville, Spain.
Félix Auger-Aliassime born on August 8, 2000 is a Canadian professional tennis player. He is the second-youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the ATP, and has a career-high singles ranking of No. 8, which he achieved on 30 October 2022, and doubles ranking of No. 60, attained on 1 November 2021. He has won four singles titles and one doubles title on the ATP Tour.
This article was reported by Montreal Gazette.