Felix Auger-Aliassime Triumphs over Holger Rune, Claims 4th Title in Basel

Felix Auger-Aliassime Triumphs over Holger Rune, Claims 4th Title in Basel
Felix Auger-Aliassime celebrates his title at the European Open in Antwerp. October 22, 2022. Photo Courtesy: European Open/Belga PhotoKristof Van Accom.

World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime edges unseeded Holger Rune in their championship match to capture his maiden title at the Swiss Indoors Basel on Sunday, his fourth overall this season.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime earns his third straight title thus far this season by edging World No. 25 Holger Rune 6-3, 7-5 after one hour and 40 minutes without dropping a service game.

In his on-court interview, the third seed said: “It’s been an amazing week. 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. 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.

En route to the final, neither player got broken, and both came in on solid winning streaks, 12th for the Montreal native, who has just extended his feat to a 13th consecutive tour-level win, and nine in a row for the Danish player.

The brand-new champion sprinted to grab the opener with a 6-3 win after 34 minutes.

Continuing his run of form, Rune found himself under pressure for the first time midway through the first set when Auger-Aliassime converted his first break point and held to take a 4-1 lead.

Canada’s top racquet kept the momentum going, serving for the set, having developed a neat performance on it, winning 83 percent of the first serve points, hitting 12 winners (4 aces), and committing two unforced errors.

In a tight second set, both young stars raised to the occasion in their maiden tour-level meeting in Basel.

An intense eighth game saw the 19-year-old pushing his adversary against the wall by producing two breakpoint opportunities which Frederic Fontang’s pupil saved with two aces to hold at 4-4.

Seizing his chances, the World No. 9 fought back, sending the pressure to the other side of the net.

Then, the Stockholm Open champion rallied to save three breakpoints in style before Auger-Aliassime went the distance to clinch the sole break of the second set, taking a 6-5 advantage at a pivotal moment.

Following to serve for the match, the Laver Cup winner - representing Team Europe, who is enjoying a breakout season, marched to close out the set 7-5 in over an hour to claim his fourth singles career title.

Overall, Auger-Aliassime fired 27 winners, recording 11 unforced errors, winning 78 percent of his first-serve points, and converting two of five breakpoint opportunities.

Previously in 2022, he emerged victorious in Rotterdam, Florence, and Antwerp.

In 2020, he won the Rolex Paris Masters in doubles alongside Pole Hubert Hurkacz.

A tournament he will contest next week in singles, aiming to notch his place for the Nitto ATP Finals.

For his part, Rune is also making an impressive run that began to take shape in May by becoming a first-time ATP champion in Munich.

Early in October, he finished a runner-up in Sofia; last week, he defeated top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to triumph in Stockholm.

The young player will play Stan Wawrinka in his opening round in Paris-Bercy.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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