Auger-Aliassime Retains Lyon Challenger Title

Félix Auger-Aliassime and Johan Tatlot (photo: Open Sopra Steria de Lyon)

LYON, June 18, 2018

Title defence completed for Félix Auger-Aliassime, who retains his trophy at the Open Sopra Steria de Lyon. The 17-year-old Canadian rallied past French qualifier Johan Tatlot 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2 in Sunday’s singles final of the €64,000 ATP Challenger clay-court event.

Auger-Aliassime saved 10 of the 15 break points he faced, capitalizing on eight of his own opportunities to secure victory in two hours and 30 minutes.

“This one was pretty special compared to last year when I won in straight sets,” said Auger-Aliassime. “This one was much more complicated. I had to find ways to win, with him serving for the match at 5-3 in the second set. It tastes even sweeter. It’s honestly one of the best Challengers during the year.”

By winning his 10th consecutive match in Lyon, the teenager takes away €9,200 in prize money as well as 90 ATP ranking points. It was Auger-Aliassime’s third triumph on the ATP Challenger Tour.

On Saturday, Elliot Benchetrit and Geoffrey Blancaneuax took the doubles crown. The all-French combination fought past Cheng-Peng Hsieh of Taipei and Luca Margaroli from Switzerland 6-3, 4-6, 10-7. The final lasted one hour and 21 minutes.