Felix Auger-Aliassime has had a super tough season, but heading towards the end, he has successfully retained a title for the first time in the form of the 2023 Swiss Indoors in Basel on Sunday afternoon.
Auger-Aliassime defeated an in-form player and the last winner of an ATP 1000 in Hubert Hurkacz in two tie-breaks 7-6, 7-6. It is a tournament too that Auger-Aliassime wasn't even initially entered to defend.
He had to take a late wildcard to play and this decision paid off as he had his best week in a long time. It has been a year where he has been injured and suffered loss of form with three major first round exits.
He has also slumped out of the top 15 this year and is just inside the top 20. After failing to win multiple matches in a row for some time, he defeated Holger Rune for his first top 10 win of the season before seeing off Hurkacz.
He came into the tournament also with only four wins out of his past 12 matches and now heads to the Paris Masters from crestfallen to confident.
Seeing off the World No.11, he claimed it in just under two hours and the closeness of the tie was self evident as despite both getting break chances, none were converted in the match. Despite a dominant first tie-break also, the second saw Auger-Aliassime at one point look like he was heading into a final set.
But he took his first match point chance to head back into the winners' circle in superb fashion. He joins Jannik Sinner today who won in Vienna just prior to victory in Basel for Auger-Aliassime.