Tennis

Felix Auger-Aliassime suffers straight-set defeat at Murray River Open final

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime lost to Great Britain's Daniel Evans in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 in the Murray River Open final in Melbourne, Australia.

Montrealer's wait for 1st career title continues as Daniel Evans takes Aussie Open tune up

Felix Auger-Aliassime fell in straight sets to Daniel Evans of Great Britain in the finals of the Murray River Open on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia. (Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime lost to Great Britain's Daniel Evans 6-2, 6-3 in the Murray River Open final Sunday.

Auger-Aliassime, the third-ranked player at the tournament, was searching for his first ATP title in seven appearances in tournament finals. However, 32 unforced errors and four double faults doomed the 20-year-old Montreal native in the loss.

Canadians are now 0-for-8 in their last ATP tournament finals since Denis Shapovalov won in Stockholm back in 2019.

Evans, 30, won his first title in three tries. Evans was a finalist at the 2017 Sydney International tournament in Australia and the 2019 Delray Beach Open in the United States.

WATCH | Felix Auger-Aliassime denied 1st career title at Murray River Open:

Evans earns 1st ATP title instead of Auger Aliassime at Murray River Open

12 months ago
Duration 3:39
Britain's Daniel Evans won his first career ATP title, denying Montreal's Felix Auger Aliassime his first title with a 6-2, 6-3 win in the final of the Murray River Open in Melbourne, Australia. With the loss Auger Aliassime falls to 0-7 in ATP finals. 3:39

The Murray River Open served as a tune-up before the Australian Open, which begins Monday (Sunday night Eastern Time).

Auger-Aliassime will play German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in his first match of the major tournament Monday, hoping to improve on his first-round exit in last year's event.

Barty wins Yarra Valley Classic

Top-ranked Ash Barty cashed in on her first championship point in the Yarra Valley Classic and Daniil Medvedev clinched the ATP Cup title for Russia within seconds of each other Sunday as the six tuneup tournaments for he Australian Open started to culminate on the eve of the year's first major.

After a hectic preparation, which included 14-day quarantines under strict COVID-19 pandemic regulations for all players, coaches and staff flying in the for the Australian Open, the warmup week was being capped with five finals and two semifinals.

Ash Barty claims 2nd WTA title on home soil:

Australia's Ash Barty wins Yarra Valley Classic on home soil

12 months ago
Duration 1:48
Top-ranked Ash Barty claimed her second WTA title on home soil with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the final of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne. 1:48

Top-ranked Barty claimed her second WTA on home soil with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Garbine Muguruza, the Australian Open runner-up last year.

There were small clusters of spectators at Margaret Court Arena to watch Barty's match. Still, that's more of a crowd than most players have been accustomed to for their matches during the pandemic. On Monday, when the Australian Open starts, there's expected to be up to 30,000 fans at Melbourne Park.

Mertens wins Gippsland

Elise Mertens beat Kaia Kanepi 6-4, 6-1 to win the Gippsland Trophy title, her sixth tour title and second at the WTA 500 level.

The 25-year-old Belgian has won 27 matches since the tour restarted in August, more than any other player on the women's circuit in that time.

WATCH | Mertens claims Gippsland:

Elise Mertens hoists Gippsland Trophy

12 months ago
Duration 1:09
Elise Mertens of Belgium beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-4, 6-1 to claim the WTA Gippsland Trophy title in Melbourne, Australia. 1:09

She got a walkover into the final when U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from their semifinal match on Saturday because of a minor shoulder injury.

Russia wins ATP Cup 

At Rod Laver Arena, No. 4-ranked Daniil Medvedev secured Russia's 2-0 win over Italy in the ATP Cup final when he beat Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 6-2.

Medvedev defeats Italy's Berrettinito to seal Russia's ATP Cup win:

Medvedev leads Russia to ATP Cup title

12 months ago
Duration 1:55
Daniil Medvedev defeated Matteo Berrettini in straight sets to seal Russia's ATP Cup win over Italy. 1:55

Andrey Rublev had given Russia a commanding start with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Fabio Fognini.

Russia didn't lose a singles match during the group stage or the playoffs, and is the second team to win the ATP Cup after Novak Djokovic led Serbia to the inaugural title last year.

 

With files from the Associated Press

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