Auger-Aliassime reached the final of this ATP 250 tournament in 2019. He had pulled out against Italian Matteo Berrettini.
Sunday’s final was Auger Aliassime’s eighth on the ATP circuit. He has yet to win a tour in those final matches.
Quebec said at a press briefing: I wasn’t facing a final, I was facing Marin Cilic, it’s different. There are finals where I didn’t do my best, but today I had chances and he got his chance. It was the better of the two.
Quebec added that margins are good on turf. Even in the matches I’ve won in the tournament, I’ve won them very few, sometimes. Today, he went on his way.
This is the second defeat for Auger Eliassim in the final this season. The 20-year-old bowed to Britain’s Daniel Evans in February at Melbourne 2.
The Canadian players have now lost their last 10 ATP Tour Finals, which are 1-20 in the league matches since Milos Raonic of Ontario won the Brisbane title in 2016.
As for Cilic, who is ranked 47th in the world, this was his 19th ATP title, his first since the Queen’s title, in 2018. The Croatian also won the US Open in 2014.
Cilic scored 77% of the points with his first serve, 10% more than his opponent, the 21st in the world.
Auger-Aliassime stressed that I had to serve better in the whole match if I wanted to give myself a chance to win. My first ball percentage was very low. He, on the contrary, served very well. If I could push the second set in the tiebreak I would have given myself another chance, but today he was the best player on the field.
Auger-Aliassime must now participate in the Halle turf tournament, which takes place this week. He has a first-round date with Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, with whom he will also play in doubles.