Berrettini denies Auger-Aliassime first title in Stuttgart Open final

Felix Auger-Aliassime

Felix Auger-Aliassime

The world No. 30 increased the pressure in the second set, forcing Auger-Aliassime to save five break points.

Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime's wait for a maiden ATP title was extended on Sunday as the teenager was beaten by Italian Matteo Berrettini in the Stuttgart final.

Berrettini, 23, was competing in his third singles final of the season, following victory in Budapest in April and defeat in Munich last month, on clay on both occasions.

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Berrettini won all 50 of his service games over the week, claiming more than 89% of his first-serve points in his five matches and becoming the first Italian male grasscourt titlist since Andreas Seppi in Eastbourne in 2011.

Canadian Auger-Aliassime had a shot at his first title as a senior professional after receiving a walkover when compatriot Milos Raonic withdrew from the semi-finals with a back injury, but Berrettini was ultimately too good on the day for the 18-year-old. Matteo had scored only two ATP wins on grass before Stuttgart and no one could have noticed that this week, winning five matches in straight sets and facing only two break points against Ja-Lennard Struff to become a deserved champion, joining Stefanos Tsitsipas on three ATP crowns. Neither player earned any break points during the remainder of the set, and Berrettini served out the opener 6-4 after 33 minutes of play.

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