Tennis – Rio Open: Laslo Djere Defeats Auger-Aliassime; Wins Maiden Title
Laslo Djere guaranteed his lady ATP title and denied youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime a record-tearing Rio Open triumph with a straight-sets triumph on Sunday.
Felix was expecting on becoming up the youngest ATP 500 champ at 18 years old, however, tumbled to a 6-3 7-5 rout in a cheeky decider.
Serbian Djere will move into the main 40 on Monday in the wake of breaking multiple times in a battle between two first-time ATP Tour finalists to take care of business in straight sets.
Djere battled with his first serve yet the 23-year-old – who did not need to play at the semi-final stage as Aljaz Bedene dismantled out because of damage – won four of the initial five games to leave Auger-Aliassime playing make up for lost time.
The Canadian youngster broke for a second time to make it 4-2, yet Djere was not to be denied the opening set.
Auger-Aliassime won the initial two rounds of the second set, however, Djere was back on serve at 3-3 and broke again to seal triumph when his rival crashed a forehand into the net.
Laslo Djere – “I want to dedicate this title to my parents; I lost my mum 7 years ago and my dad 2 months ago… because of them I am who I am today, hope they are watching me now… I’m grateful to my youngest sister, I’m really grateful to have her.” 😢😢😢
— 𝚗𝚒𝚌𝚔 (@NoleLondon) February 24, 2019
— Rio Open (@RioOpenOficial) February 24, 2019
Would be nearly impossible to find Laslo Djere on the list of projected ATP 500 winners in 2019, let alone a #ATP title overall.
Terrific effort in Rio of prodigy FAA. https://t.co/EFYFKnUJFx
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) February 24, 2019
Auger-Aliassime breaks to open the second set…
3-6 1-0… pic.twitter.com/HyazEG0ITQ
— Live Tennis (@livetennis) February 24, 2019
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