Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime Falls to Laslo Djere in Rio Open Final

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime Falls to Laslo Djere in Rio Open Final

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Canadian Auger-Aliassime falls in Rio Open final

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RIO DE JANEIRO - Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime lost 6-3, 7-5 to Serbia's Laslo Djere in the final of the Rio Open on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Montreal became the youngest player to reach an ATP Tour 500 tournament final since the second of three levels on the circuit was introduced in 2009, but couldn't notch a fifth consecutive win against an opponent with a better ranking at the clay-court event.

Despite the loss, the 104th-ranked Auger-Aliassime is projected to move into the top 60 of the world rankings when they are released Monday. The 90th-ranked Djere, 23, is expected to move inside the top 40.

"Of course it's a little bit disappointing for me, seeing as I was playing for a chance to win my first title today. But at the same time, I won't lose too much sleep over the loss because I know that I have accomplished good things this week and I will build on the positives," said Auger-Aliassime.

In a match between two first-time tour finalists, Auger-Aliassime and Djere both struggled with their serves.

Auger-Aliassime had his serve broken on his first three games with the advantage. He fought back from two breaks down to cut the deficit to 4-3, but Djere then held serve and recorded another break to finish the set.

Auger-Aliassime broke back on Djere's first service game of the second set, but the Canadian's service problems continued later. Leading 3-2 and with a 40-0 lead in the game, Auger-Aliassime double-faulted twice. He then lost the key game, getting Djere back on even terms.

Auger-Aliassime had nine double faults in the match and Djere broke the Canadian six times, including in the final game. Djere finally finished the final game on his fifth match-point opportunity.

Auger-Aliassime had 47 unforced errors, 20 more than Djere. …

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