Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Polish partner Hubert Hurkacz each claimed their first-ever ATP doubles title after winning 16 of the final 19 points in Sunday’s Paris Masters final.
They defeated Brazil’s Bruno Soares and Croatia’s Mate Pavic 6-7(3), 7-6(7), 10-8 at Bercy Arena.
Playing in their second tournament together, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz saved five match points after gained a berth in the final with a 6-2, 1-6, 10-5 semifinal victory over Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo.
Aliassime and Hurkacz’s title run included victories over top-10 seeds Robert Farah — a Canadian-born Colombian — and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos (No. 1), Australia’s John Peers and Michael Venus (No. 7) and fourth-seeded Kubot and Melo.
A stunning debut 🤩<a href=”https://twitter.com/felixtennis?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@felixtennis</a> & <a href=”https://twitter.com/HubertHurkacz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@HubertHurkacz</a> are headed to their first Masters 1000 final after stunning top seeds Kubot & Melo, 6-2, 1-6, 10-5. 👏<br><br>🎥: <a href=”https://twitter.com/TennisTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TennisTV</a> | <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RolexParisMasters?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#RolexParisMasters</a> <a href=”https://t.co/9m2XvjkW2I”>pic.twitter.com/9m2XvjkW2I</a>
In singles, Auger-Aliassime was eliminated in the first round in Paris by Croatian veteran Marin Cilic last Monday after struggling with his serve for much of the match.
A few days earlier, Auger-Aliassime dropped an all-Canadian matchup to Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil in first-round action at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.
On Thursday, the 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime announced in a Twitter post he was parting ways with longtime coach Guillaume Marx, stating they were ending the partnership “in the utmost integrity and respect for one another.”
Published at Sun, 08 Nov 2020 14:43:43 +0000