(September 11, 2016) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Felix Auger-Aliassime became just the fourth Canadian ever, and the youngest, to win a junior major singles title on Sunday after defeating Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-0 at the US Open. Auger-Aliassime lost in the final of the Junior French Open in the final.
Auger-Aliassime hit 22 winners in the 58-minute match.
“It’s a pretty unbelievable feeling,” said Auger-Aliassime after the match. “I know what it’s like to lose in a Grand Slam final and I’m happy I was able to get a different result this time. I’ve had the most incredible support from everyone here all week and from my family and my coach. I want to thank everyone who helped me get here.”
“I think it was one of the best performance(s) I have had,” said the winner. “And also in the final you never know what can happen. You know, you don’t always play your best level because you’re a bit nervous and there is something big to go get.
“But, yeah, I just stayed really steady. My serve, first-serve percentage, was really high today. I had a few aces, so of course it helps.
“And in the second set I think I was really going through him and putting a lot of pressure on him.”
This is the second major junior title for the Canadian as he and fellow countryman Denis Shapovalov captured the Junior US Open doubles title last year. It is also the second consecutive major singles championship won by a Canadian this season as Shapovalov won Junior Wimbledon in July. With the win, Canada becomes the only country with multiple junior major singles champions in 2016.