FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME finally ended his ATP tour trophy drought on Sunday.
Roger Federer sent a touching five-word message to Felix Auger-Aliassime after the 21-year-old finally claimed his first ATP Tour title, the Canadian has revealed. Auger-Aliassime defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the ATP Rotterdam event.
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The world No 9 was comfortable against Tsitsipas, winning 6-4 6-2 in Sunday’s showdown.
He set up a clash with Tsitsipas with an excellent run of results, defeating Egor Gerasimov, Andy Murray, Cam Norrie, and Andrey Rublev.
Auger-Aliassime had previously been unlucky in ATP tour finals. He had lost each of his previous eight attempts.
The Montreal-born star had failed to win a set in any of the finals.
And so a long-awaited success was made even sweeter when Auger-Aliassime received a message from Federer.
The text, written in English, congratulated Auger-Aliassime on his victory. Federer was defeated by the rising starlet in the last-16 of last June’s Halle Open.
“It’s true!” Auger-Aliassime told We Love Tennis on Instagram Live.
“Roger [Federer] sent me a little message.
“He just told me in English: ‘I’m happy for you, well done’.”
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Having failed to previously win an ATP tour final, Auger-Aliassime has revealed he was unsure what he would say in his presentation speech.
He said on-court: “It has not been the smoothest road since my first final three years ago.
“It is an amazing day for me to get my first title and especially here.
“I played my first ATP main draw here a couple of years ago, so it is right I won my first title here.”
But he has now revealed that he did not prepare any words before his clash with world No 4 Tsitsipas.
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He continued on Instagram Live: “I didn’t prepare anything.
“Funny you say that because there were times in finals before, I think like one time, it got into my mind.
“I was like ‘what if I win, what am I going to say?’ But this time around it didn’t come up in my mind at all.”
Auger-Aliassime faces Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the Open 13 in Marseille on Thursday hoping to continue his good form.