Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime celebrates with the trophy after facing Denmark’s Holger Rohn during the final of the Swiss Indoor Basel at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, October 30, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
BASEL: Felix Auger-Aliassime claimed his third title in recent weeks on Sunday, beating Holger Loon 6-3, 7-5 in the ATP final in Basel.
The ninth-ranked Canadian has moved up to provisional sixth in the season points race to the eight-man ATP Finals in Turin from November 13.
Auger-Aliassime added the Swiss trophy to the titles in Florence and Antwerp, now on a 13th straight win. Stockholm champion Loon had nine victories to his name.
Loon saved two match points and Dane also played sportsman after loudly complaining about flashing lights in an on-court advertisement that he said distracted him in the second set. A warning was issued for conduct contrary to the ship.
“I feel great,” said Auger-Aliassime after winning his fourth trophy of the season.
“It’s been a great week. It didn’t break. It was a dream for me, great.”
The Canadian had 28 winners in just under 1 hour and 3/4 minutes, and the same result for unforced errors.
Auger-Aliassime sent 11+ aces and broke rank 25 teenage opponents once a set.
“It’s been a long year, a long winning streak,” said the player, who lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in Astana on October 3.
“I’m not done yet. Hopefully I can continue. I’m feeling all the good feelings that come from winning a tournament.”
The Canadians took the early lead in Loon’s first break with a 3–1 margin.
He then pulled himself out of a 0-30 situation in the next game, holding 4-1 when Rune’s frustration began to show.
Auger-Aliassime kept it 5-2 with an ace and won the set 6-3 in the 34th minute.
The second set was tighter, with Canada’s third seed breaking 6-5 after their opponents saved four break points, with a frustrated Ruud warning about ball abuse.
After the match, when Loon sent in a long return, Auger-Alesim screamed as he scored the win.