The final of the Open 13 Provence 2022 is already shaping up to be a high-flying match between two members of the Top 10: Andrey Rublev (7th) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (9th).
The two men have played each other three times in the past and until 2022, Andrey Rublev was undefeated. But that was before. Before Felix Auger-Aliassime, unfortunate finalist in Marseille in 2020, opened his title account after... eight lost finals. A recent relief for the Canadian. And on the way to his first trophy, won in Rotterdam last week, FAA had to beat a certain Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals, which he managed to do in three tight sets.
For the final of the 30th edition of the Open 13 Provence, Felix Auger-Aliassime has no choice if he wants to make a double. To repeat the feat, he will have to reproduce the tennis he has been playing for the past two weeks. Because there is a client in front of him.
A client who qualified for the singles final, but also for the doubles final. This is normal, as the Russian has been on fire since the beginning of the week. His three singles matches were played against Frenchmen - Gasquet, Pouille and Bonzi - who had the entire Palais des Sports crowd behind them. All three matches were won in three sets.
Andrey is hot, but so is Felix. Another certainty: of the four ATP tournaments taking place this week, the Open 13 Provence offers by far the best line-up.