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

Who wins the title?


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The Green Mile

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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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The Green Mile

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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
 

The Green Mile

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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
 

The Green Mile

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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....
 

yokied

Professional
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.
 

The Green Mile

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Damn, he really went for that 2nd serve there on deuce court..... Big miss though, 2nd BP of the game.

Backhand return just missing, back to deuce....
 

The Green Mile

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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.
 

yokied

Professional
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.
 

yokied

Professional
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.
 

The Green Mile

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Well if the match stays this way we now know that Felix isn’t a big match player
He's like 7-5 against top 20, also went something like 5-0 at one stage. Deeper rounds in tournament, well, there is not much to look at yet. Yeah, that was that nasty choke against Isner, sure...
 

The Green Mile

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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)
 

The Green Mile

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He also got straight setted by Laslo Djere. Read that again and let it sink in
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.
 

yokied

Professional
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.
 

romeo8880

G.O.A.T.
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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