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2019 RIO OPEN FINAL: Felix Auger-Aliassime Moves Forward In The Best Way, "I've Done Good Things This Week And I’m Gonna Stick With The Positives”

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and Laslo Đere during 2019 Rio Open Final Trophy Presentation
RIO OPEN - Laslo Đere, the 23-year-old Serbian, surprised the sensation of the tournament, Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, and won the first title of his career at the Rio Open presented by Claro this Sunday at the Jockey Club Brasileiro, 6/3 7/5, in 2 hours. Very emotional, Đere dedicated the title to his parents, who already passed away.  “I lost my mother seven years ago and I want to dedicate this to her, and also to my dad, I lost him two months ago. My parents have been the reason I’m here today and I hope they are watching me now”.

Félix Auger-Aliassime was disappointed with the loss and how he played, especially in the serving game, but give all the credits to Djere for the win. “Obviously today was tougher, especially my second serve fell apart for some reason and had been serving well for the whole tournament. It’s a little bit disappointing because obviously I was playing for the title and it was big for me. But at the same time I’m not gonna lose to much sleep for this loss. I've done good things this week and I’m gonna stick with the positives.”

The 18-year-old Canadian had the best week of his young career. He received a wild card for the main draw and defeated in the first round the number 2 seed, Italian Fábio Fognini. Then he got past by Christian Garin (7/5, 6/4), Jaume Munar (6/4, 6/3) and in the semifinals the experienced Uruguayan and 2016 champion, Pablo Cuevas (6/3, 3/6, 6/3). “It was one of the most special tournaments that I played. And having Guga in the audience in the final, a great inspiration, it was special. I will continue working and hope to return next year” said Auger-Aliassime.

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