World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime said it was “special” to play Andy Murray en route to winning his first ATP title in Rotterdam.
Earlier this year, 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime captured his first ATP title after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Rotterdam final.
In the Rotterdam last-16, Auger-Aliassime ousted three-time Grand Slam champion Murray 6-3 6-4.
It was the second meeting between the two as Auger-Aliassime also beat Murray when they met at the US Open in 2020.
“Playing Andy, one of the best players in the history of our sport, is always special. It was quite an entertaining match. I had an amazing start and played some of my best tennis this year. I went up 4-0, and then, as he always does, he broke me back, came back, and then I was able to close out the first set. And then again, the second set started my way, and I was able to dictate the match and really be dominant, so it was a great win,” Auger-Aliassime told the ATP when discussing winning his first ATP title in Rotterdam.
Auger-Aliassime finally ended his losing streak in ATP Finals
Prior to Rotterdam, Auger-Aliassime was 0-8 in ATP Finals.
After losing his first eight ATP finals, Auger-Aliassime was determined not to lose his ninth in Rotterdam.
In the Rotterdam final, Tsitsipas was the slight favorite but Auger-Aliassime delivered a big performance to beat the Greek 6-4 6-2.
After winning Rotterdam, Auger-Aliassime reached his 10th final the following week in Marseille.
Unfortunately for Auger-Aliassime, he was beaten by Andrey Rublev in the Marseille final.
Auger-Aliassime hasn’t reached an ATP final since and he will certainly be aiming to go all the way this week in Los Cabos.
Auger-Aliassime is the second seeded player in the Los Cabos main draw and he has a first round bye at the tournament.
It remains to be seen if Auger-Aliassime can win it all in his Los Cabos debut.