Felix Auger-Aliassime wins Florence title and improves hopes of qualifying for Turin | ATP . round

It took Felix Auger Eliassim Nine finals to raise his first trophy on the ATP Tour. In only his second game in the tournament since then, the Canadian added another trophy to his collection.

Auger defeated Eliasim of America JJ Wolf 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win UniCredit Firenze Unlocked. The top seed only lost one set en route to the cup, beating world number 75 Wolf in 1 hour 41 minutes to claim the title.

“You never get old. Winning always feels like the first time,” Auger Eliassim said in his court interview. “It’s so special to win, especially here. I had a great week and it was amazing.”

It has been a crucial week for Auger-Aliassime’s hopes of qualifying for Nitto ATP FinalsIt will be held in Turin from November 13-20. after a week Taylor Fritz Auger-Aliassime moved to last place in qualifying with a win in Tokyo, and passed the American to seventh in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. He now has a 180-point lead over the American. 10th place Novak Djokovic He earned his place in Turin under the condition of a Grand Slam champion, which grants entry to the current year’s main winner who finished between 28th in the live race.

“The plan now is to play every week and play in Antwerp, Basel and Paris because there are still tournaments to play and the race is very close,” said Auger-Aliassime. “there [are] Players like Taylor [Fritz] And Andrei [Rublev]And many others are competing very hard now to try to qualify, so I will try to put myself in the best position possible to try to get to Turin.”

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Auger-Aliasime arrived in Florence after losing two straight sets to Roberto Bautista Agut In the first round of Conquest of AstanaBut he soon regained his confidence. The Canadian only lost his serve four times in the ATP 250, beating previous opponents with a variety of play styles – aggressive Oscar OttiBig hits Brandon NakashimaEverywhere Lorenzo Mussetti and baseliner Wolf – to earn his second title (also in Rotterdam).

“Every final is difficult, it’s the best players of the week,” said Auger-Aliassime. “Of course you try to win more than you lose in the finals and that is why I came here today ready to give everything. We had some really tough rallies in the second set, and we felt physically strong. But you keep pushing, and you try to maintain a high level.

“But there’s no magic. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but of course I’m really glad I came here. [as] The first seed. You were my favorite in all my matches on paper. It’s never an easy situation, so to go out and win my four matches with confidence and conviction, that’s really good for confidence.”

Sunday’s final began with three consecutive service breaks as both players searched for rhythm on the indoor hard courts. But it was Auger-Aliassime who consistently gained more chances in sending his opponent. After losing his first serve of the match, Felix did not face another break point.

“It was a good start to the first match and then it was a tight first service match,” Auger-Aliassime. “But then I felt like I was playing really good tennis, and I sent incredibly well. Probably the best. [I served] All week, so I’m really happy now.”

Wolf saved 9 of the 12 break points he faced, but that wasn’t enough. The American tried to exchange powerful blows with Auger-Aliassime, without showing any fear of hitting from the right on the baseline, or interfering in the face of the big-serving Canadian.

But Auger-Aliassime maintained a very high level throughout the match and was more comfortable in those power-packed gatherings. The 22-year-old grabbed his 11th glory win, after which he quickly turned to his team to show his joy.

Wolff was trying to win his first ATP Tour title. The American player will climb to the top 56 of the Pepperstone ATP rating on Monday.

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Auger-Aliassime will return to the top 10 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings when he climbs to the world No. 10 on Monday. The Canadian climbed to the world’s highest in career No. 8 in August.

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