Untouchable, unstoppable, invincible. For the past three weeks, Felix Auger-Aliassime has been shaking up the tennis world, and the Quebecer proved once again on Sunday that he is the strong man of this late season by winning his third title in a row.
After winning the ATP 250 trophy in Florence and Antwerp, the world No. 9 captured the ATP 500 title in Basel at the expense of young Danish rising star Holger Rune, whom he dominated 6-3, 7-5 in the final match in one hour and 40 minutes of play.
“It was a dream week for me, a fantastic week,” said the champion during the award ceremony. “When I got here, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was playing well, but it’s hard to maintain this level.”
Rune, ranked 25th in the world at 19, tried hard. The Dane gave the third seed the hardest time of the entire Swiss week. Apart from the tie-break loss in the first set of the first match against local favourite Marc-Andrea Huesler, Felix had been crushing everything in his path for the last four matches. Including the number one player in the world, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, whom Auger-Aliassime dominated in the semifinals on Saturday.
With this victory, Felix is one step closer to the ATP Finals, which will be held in Turin in mid-November. He will try to secure his qualification this week at the Masters 1000 in Paris.
“I want to thank you for your support,” the winner humbly told the Swiss crowd. You pushed me to push myself, to reach deep inside myself to keep fighting.”
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