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Andrey Rublev tops Felix Auger-Aliassime to win Open 13 for ninth ATP title

MARSEILLE, FRENCH REPUBLIC — Andrey Rublev won the Open 13 tournament on Sunday, defeating No. 3 Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 7-6 (4) for his ninth career championship and first in almost a year.

 

Rublev had lost three finals since winning in Rotterdam in March of last year. He improved to 9-5 overall and 5-0 in indoor finals, while Auger-Aliassime fell to 1-9 in finals.

 

Auger-Aliassime, 21, of Canada, came in southern France in fine form after defeating Rublev in the quarterfinals and then defeating top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Rotterdam final 6-4, 6-2 last Sunday. After losing his previous eight finals, it was his first title.

 

 

Andrey Rublev won his ninth ATP title, but it was his first in nearly a year after losing his previous three finals.

Auger-Aliassime led Rublev 2-0 in the first set and squandered a set point in the 12th game of the second set. AP Photo/Daniel Cole Auger-Aliassime led Rublev 2-0 in the first set and squandered a set point in the 12th game of the second set.

“Every battle I’ve had with Felix since we first met in 2018 has been dramatic,” Rublev, 24, added. “All of them have won at least one set by a score of 7-6, and he is now considered one of the best players in the world. He is currently on top, especially this season.”

Auger-Aliassime had a 12-9 advantage in aces in the serving match, but Rublev once again shown why he is regarded as one of the top returners and retrievers on tour.

“If I hadn’t raised my level, I wouldn’t have stood a chance against Felix,” Rublev explained. “It was my expectation that it would go to three sets. But, somehow, I was able to boost my level, and it was difficult in the end.”

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