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Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada returns the ball to Marin Cilic of Croatia during their final match at the ATP tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, June 13, 2021.

Marijan Murat/The Associated Press

TUTTGART, Germany Canada’s Félix Auger-Aliassime lost 7-6 (2), 6-3 to Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the final of the Stuttgart Open on Sunday.

The third-seeded Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, fell to 0-8 for his career in ATP Tour finals. He hasn’t won a set in any of the championship matches.

Canadians have now lost their past 10 appearances in ATP Tour finals and are 1-20 in championship matches since Milos Raonic captured the Brisbane title in 2016.

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Cilic, 32, captured his 19th career singles title and first since 2018 with the win in the ATP Tour 250 grass-court event.

Cilic, ranked 47th in the world, won 77 per cent of points when he got his first serve in, 10 per cent above the 21st-ranked Auger-Aliassime’s total.

Auger-Aliassime is scheduled to stay in Germany for a tournament in Halle this week. He’ll face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the first round.

The Canadian Press

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