London | Roundup of ATP Finals in Antwerp, Stockholm and Naples.

Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime was always known to be a talented player but until this season, he hadn’t been able to win finals but he has now collected three titles, his latest in Antwerp when he pocketed the European Open title in Belgium.

It’s another great week. I played some great tennis and really fought hard to (be able to) stand here in front of you today, so (a) big shoutout and thank you to my team, Felix Auger-Aliassime

It was also his second title within a week having, seven days ago, picked up the title in Florence.

The 22-year-old from Montreal rolled past American Sebastian Korda 6-3 6-4 and enhanced his chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin next month. He currently stands at 8 but has extended his lead on Taylor Fritz of the US, who is behind him in ninth on the Race Table.

“It’s another great week. I played some great tennis and really fought hard to (be able to) stand here in front of you today, so (a) big shoutout and thank you to my team,” Auger-Aliassime told to the crowd. “My coach and my physio (are) here and my whole family came for the week, so thank you very much — it’s been a great week.”

The victory was also sweet as it avenged a loss which Korda had inflicted on him in Estoril.

“You got me good last time we played, so I’m happy I was able to get a win over you,” Auger-Aliassime added. “You’re such a great player, so keep going like this and good luck to you and your team for the rest of the year.”

It was Korda’s second disappointment within a week having also lost to Andrey Rublev in the Gijon final last Sunday.

“Back-to-back finals is a great achievement,” Korda said following his third loss in finals having won just one title. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it done today, but we’ll be back in the next coming weeks and hopefully we go one step further.”


Holger Rune poses with the Stockholm Open trophy

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In Sweden at the Stockholm Open, Denmark’s Holger Rune, ranked 27, upset the world rankings by topping the top seed and world No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets for the second title of his burgeoning career.

For the best part of the week, the 19-year-old was extended to three sets for his wins but on this occasion, he was the dominant player from the opening moments against the favourite who won the title in 2018 and had arrived in the final with a 7-0 win/loss record in the Swedish capital.

“It was an unbelievable match from my side,” the teenager told the crowd. “I knew it was going to be difficult, but I just tried to stick to the game plan. I had to play my best tennis today and it was good that I could find the level. I am super happy.

“It was very close to perfection. I was making a lot of returns and playing pretty well behind my serve. Stefanos is an amazing player, who always makes it difficult. It was a super fun match to play.”

The Greek star was attempting to win the 10th title of his career and interestingly, this loss is his second to Rune who he has yet to beat.

The win has also lifted Rune up two places in the world rankings to 25.


Lorenzo Musetti in action during the Tennis Napoli Cup final

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In Italy Lorenzo Musetti , who only turned 20 earlier this year and ranked 24 at the start of the week, equalled Rune’s efforts by dispatching the world No.16 who has slipped down from six, Matteo Berrettini 6-3 6-4 in an all-Italian final at the Tennis Napoli Cup held in Naples.

“It was a really tough first set,” Musetti commented following his surprise win. “He was not 100 per cent physically. His capacity to stay until the end, to fight until the end, was a big problem for me to solve.

“Today I think I played not the best tennis because I think we were both really emotional, really nervous and there was a lot of tension, but in the important moments I played better. It’s really nice to be here with my family, with the crowd, and it’s a really big win for me and an important moment for my career.”

The physical problem Musetti was referring to was Berrettini’s foot which he injured a day earlier in the semi-finals.

However, for Musetti, the win marks a watershed moment as it was the second title of his young career having come through the week without dropping a set.

“I think it was the perfect week,” the youngster added. “I didn’t lose a set so I’m really happy about that, and I’m really happy about the game I showed. Sometimes you have to work hard to bring success and consistency in my game, so I’m really proud of myself and my team.”




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