2019 Lyon Final - [4] Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Benoit Paire

Who wins the title?


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    12
#1
This will be the first meeting between the pair of players as they look to battle it out here in Lyon for the trophy. FAA looking for his debut title, Paire searching for his 3rd (already a title winner this year earlier in Marrakech).

FAA becomes the youngest player since Murray to reach two finals, Andy doing so back in 05-06. Would also be the youngest winner on the main draw since Kei won in Delray Beach back in 08.

Starts not before 2:30 pm, local time.




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#2
The teenager won the ATP Challenger Tour event in Lyon in 2017-18, and he will look to claim his maiden tour-level title in the French city, too.

"It feels great. I came here because I thought maybe something good could happen," Auger-Aliassime said. "I felt good two years in a row in this city and here I am in the final, still haven't lost in this city, so it feels pretty good."

(y)

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/basilashvili-auger-aliassime-paire-lyon-2019-friday
 
#10
Paire doing what he does best early on (whether intentional or not), not allowing FAA to settle all too much into a steady rhythm.

There's the disguise on the backhand drop shot, works out this time around. BP here...

DF, Paire has the break. Band breaks out into The Imperial March :-D
 
#17
Well, when you're making around 20% more 1st serves than your general average.... Paire continues to serve well, similar scenes to his previous matches. One/two strikes all around, consolidates for 4-2. Easily the better player right now, not even close. Still the single break though....
 
#19
What's not to love about a guy who runs around his FH to the extent he will hit 2HBH drive volleys?

Does anyone think that break of FAA came from anything other than Benoir's magnificent droppers? They're already in FAA's head - FAA didn't even run for the one that brought up break point. Benoir sure has been playing some solid ball in the last three matches.
 
#23
FAA spewing after that point, furious with himself. Think he even hit the back wall in a fit of rage.

Paire so close to a double break...

Paire's turn to show some frustration, cheap misses on the big points in this game.
 
#26
Don't change Benoir, don't change. If you get a real coach then your footwork and strokes will start to look normal and thus, readable. Not often you'll see players with the speed of FAA watching this many low-powered winners go by.
 
#36
Quite, The Green Mile. Not often you'll see a player pissed at himself when he's ahead. Admittedly, Paire needs no invitation to get pissed at anything, but it was kinda weird seeing him getting angry at himself for not winning by more. And what a way to seal the set.
 
#40
Quite, The Green Mile. Not often you'll see a player pissed at himself when he's ahead. Admittedly, Paire needs no invitation to get pissed at anything, but it was kinda weird seeing him getting angry at himself for not winning by more. And what a way to seal the set.
I think he was just pissed at himself with those terrible misses on the BPs and some deuce points in that 7th game, looking for that insurance break. But he did well to hold it together and serve out the remaining two service games comfortably enough (y)
 
#45
Cruel commentators tryna get Benoir to melt down. I haven't been this triggered since they did the same during the Fog's magni-f*****-fique run at Monte Carlo.
 
#46
Come on, I watched a lot of that tournament that week, Djere matches and the final included. It wasn't an upset or even surprising. Though I admit, FAA was pretty weak mentally.

He’s a mental midget, clearly. Has all the talent and doesn’t bring it when it matters. Could change I guess as he grows, but not a good look that he doesn’t already have a winners mentality.
 
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