Tennis

Canada's Auger-Aliassime comes up short in Marseille Open final

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime's win streak has come to an end a week after capturing his first ATP Tour title. 

Russia's Rublev defeats Montrealer in straight sets Sunday

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, right, and Andrey Rublev of Russia walk during a break during their final tennis match at the ATP Open 13 in Marseille, on February 20, 2022. (Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images)

Felix Auger-Aliassime's win streak came to an end Sunday with a straight sets loss to Andrey Rublev of Russia in the final at the Open 13 Provence.

Rublev, the No. 2 seed, downed the 21-year-old Canadian 7-5, 7-6(4).

The third-seeded Auger-Aliassime fired 12 aces and saved 7-of-11 break points across the one hour, 56 minute match.

The 24-year-old Rublev won 71 per cent of his first serve points and saved 2-of-5 break points en route to clinching the title at the ATP 250 hard-court event.

Auger-Aliassime, who hails from Montreal, beat Rublev last week in the semifinals at the Rotterdam Open.

WATCH / Auger-Aliassime falls to Russia's Rublev:

Auger-Aliassime falls in Marseille final to Rublev

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Despite a late rally in the second set, Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime lost 7-5, 7-6 to Andrey Rublev in the final of the Marseille Open.

The Canadian said this week's match had some similarities but he wasn't able to turn his game around in the second set.

"I had a set point but it wasn't enough," Auger-Aliassime said. "He played well. Overall, I think he played a better match. He deserved to win today."

In Rotterdam, Auger-Aliassime went on to beat top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the final and win his first title on the ATP Tour.

"For my part, it's been a great two weeks that I'll keep in mind and remember for awhile," Auger-Aliassime said. "My first title was very special but then to go on and show great things again, back-to-back, and to make another final, it's an amazing start to the year. So hopefully I can consolidate on that for the future."

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