U.S. Open: Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime wins boys' title
Fires 5 aces in straight-sets victory over Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic
Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime won the U.S. Open boys' title in commanding fashion on Sunday in New York.
The 16-year-old from Montreal downed his fifth-seeded opponent, Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-0 in 57 minutes.
Auger-Aliassime is the second Canadian to win a major junior title in as many Grand Slams this season. Denis Shapovalov from Richmond Hill, Ont., won the boys' Wimbledon title in July.
"It's a pretty unbelievable feeling," Auger-Aliassime told Tennis Canada after the match. "I know what it's like to lose in a Grand Slam final and I'm happy I was able to get a different result this time.
Just landed in Halifax and found out that <a href="https://twitter.com/felixtennis">@felixtennis</a> is a US Open champ! Huge accomplishment. Congrats, Felix! 👏💪🇨🇦—@VasekPospisil
"I've had the most incredible support from everyone here all week and from my family and my coach. I want to thank everyone who helped me get here."
Auger-Aliassime, ranked ninth among juniors and seeded sixth at the U.S. Open, fired five aces and had 22 winners en route to the victory.
He won 4-of-7 break-point attempts and was never broken by Kecmanovic.
It's been a successful year for Auger-Aliassime, who won the boys' doubles title at Flushing Meadows with Shapovalov last summer, the first all-Canadian pair to win a Grand Slam junior tournament in 25 years. The duo also finished second in this year's Wimbledon doubles final.
Auger-Aliassime defeated 18-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, the top junior player in the world, in Saturday's semifinal