Canada’s Félix Auger-Aliassime dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Gaël Monfils of France in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Sunday.
Monfils, the world No. 9, won the ATP Tour 500 indoor hard-court event for the second straight year.
With Monfils serving for the match at 5-2, the 19-year-old from Montreal held off four match points before finally getting a service break. Auger-Aliassime then held serve, but couldn’t break the veteran a second time.
“It was a passive match from me,” Monfils said. “I chose to be in defence quite a lot I knew, physically, it would be tough for him to come through me. I was doing this great at the end, I was very pleased with my service.”
The Canadian had a 20-15 edge in winners, but had 32 unforced errors to just 14 for Monfils, who completed the win in 1 hour 26 minutes.
The 21st-ranked Auger-Aliassime fell to 0-4 in career ATP Tour final appearances.
“The week has been good, encouraging,” Auger-Aliassime said. “It is the start of the season and the second month I’ve played. It is encouraging for what is next, but I will have to keep working well, doing the adjustments I need to do and keep believing, keep pushing to give myself chances to play matches like these.”
Earlier, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France posted a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 10-7 win over Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in the men’s doubles final.
It was the second straight week that Monfils had defeated a Canadian in a final. He beat Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil last weekend to win the Open Sud de France.
“It’s an amazing feeling for the first time for me to back it up, year after year, week after week,” Monfils said. “It is a different feeling I have never experienced in my career, so I feel grateful.”
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