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Auger-Aliassime vs Berrettini ATP Stuttgart live streaming, preview and tips - Auger-Aliassime targets first ATP title at Mercedes Cup against in-form Berrettini

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 16 Jun 2019
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Matteo Berrettini is live from Stuttgart at 3.00pm local time on Sunday (2.00pm BST)
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Felix Auger-Aliassime (PA Images)

Felix Auger-Aliassime attempts to win his maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday when he squares off against the rising Matteo Berrettini in the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

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Teenage sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime goes in search of a first ATP title against big-serving Italian Matteo Berrettini in the Mercedes Cup final in Stuttgart on Sunday.

Incredibly, in his first ever professional tournament on grass, Auger-Aliassime has advanced all the way to the final in Stuttgart, and when he made the semi-finals, he became the youngest player to reach the last four at tour-level across three or more surfaces since former Wimbledon champion and World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in 1999. The 18-year-old has benefited from a bit of luck throughout the week after two fairly straightforward wins over Ernests Gulbis and Gilles Simon, edging out Dustin Brown in a deciding set tiebreaker in the quarter-finals before receiving a walkover from compatriot Milos Raonic in the semi-finals after he withdrew due to a back injury.

"It’s just tough to see Milos having to withdraw. He’s one of the best guys on Tour. He’s always been great to me since I first arrived on Tour when I was a junior," Auger-Aliassime said on court. "It’s tough to see him go out that way but at the same time it is what it is and I have to try and get ready for tomorrow’s final as best as I can.
"It’s been an unbelievable week for me. I’ve been playing good tennis. I got through on the edge yesterday and to be in another final, it’s unbelievable. So I think I’ll try to enjoy it and give everything also because it’s obviously my third final this year, so I’ll try to give it my all to maybe get my first title."

Auger-Aliassime has of course already made two ATP finals in 2019, with the first coming at the 500-level Rio Open, where he lost to Laslo Djere and the second coming on the clay of Lyon just prior to Roland Garros, where he went down to Benoit Paire. Unfortunately, Auger-Aliassime picked up a groin injury during that final and was subsequently forced to pull out of the French Open as a result, but he’s well and truly overcome that problem and is enjoying immediate success on the lawns. Auger-Aliassime, currently ranked No. 21 in the world, actually won’t break into the top 20 if he wins his first ATP title as he won some Challenger title around this time last year and won’t accumulate many more points, but he won’t care at all if he does capture his maiden ATP crown.

Matteo Berrettini (PA Images)
However, Matteo Berrettini will prove an extremely tough obstacle to overcome. The Italian has picked up a number of impressive wins this week and hasn’t been broken in 39 service games, taking out Nick Kyrgios, World No. 9 Karen Khachanov, Denis Kudla (who is much better on grass than his ranking suggests) and the in-form Jan-Lennard Struff in Saturday’s semi-finals. Furthermore, Berrettini has won all of those matches in straight sets and says he is enjoying his time on the lawns this year.


“This week I’m playing really well. I’m feeling really comfortable on the court,” Berrettini said. “Since last year I think I’ve improved a lot on grass. Last year I didn’t like it so much. That was the key.”

Ranked outside the top 400 at the start of the 2017 season, Berrettini has experienced an underrated rise into the top 100 will now hit a career-high ranking of at least No. 24 (No. 22 if he wins the title) courtesy of his run here in Stuttgart. After working his way up via the Futures and Challenger circuit, Berrettini qualified for his first Grand Slam main draw at the 2018 Australian Open and secured his first Masters 1000 victory later that year in his home tournament in Rome.

Berrettini continued to land personal milestones as 2018 went on, reaching the third round of the French Open and scoring his first top 20 victory when he defeated Jack Sock to make the second round of Wimbledon, while he captured his first ATP World Tour title on the clay of Gstaad soon after, taking out the likes of Andrey Rublev, Feliciano Lopez and Radu Albot before beating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. Berrettini also advanced to the quarter-finals of Kitzbuhel and qualified to reach the second round of the 500-level China Open to finish the season with an even 19-19 record at No. 54 in the world. The 23-year-old has gone from strength to strength in 2019, registering a 22-12 record that has yielded a second career title on the clay of Budapest and a runner-up finish in Munich, along with a maiden top 10 win over Alexander Zverev as he reached the R16 at the Rome Masters.

After scoring his second top 10 scalp over Khachanov this week, can Berrettini collect his third ATP title and first on grass? I think he’s the favourite. Auger-Aliassime is obviously one of the brightest young talents we’ve seen in a while, and I’d back him against a lot of players right now, but Berrettini has been on fire this week and hasn’t dropped serve once. The Italian is playing freely and his powerful serve and forehand combo is working a treat - if he maintains his current level, I think he will be a little too good for Auger-Aliassime on Sunday.


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