Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Marseille)
Rotterdam Finalist, Felix Auger-Aliassime, meets Stefano Travaglia in the first-round of the 2020 Marseille Open.
What a week for Felix Auger-Aliassime! The young Canadian star reached the Final of the 2020 Rotterdam Open and beat a lot of tough opponents along the way. Felix Auger-Aliassime seemed very nervous coming into the Final, he could not seem to find his forehand and gifted Monfils the first set. In the second set, Monfils continued his dominance and Felix still looked nervous, however, with Monfils serving for the match at 5-2, Felix was able to save 4 match points and get one of the breaks back! At that point it seemed like Felix had found his form again, but eventually it was a little bit too late and Monfils won 6-2/6-4. Felix will have learnt a lot from this match and will know what improvements he will need too make in his game if he wants to compete with the best of the best.
Stefano Travaglia is a big of an underrated player. Travaglia is a great mover around the court and he chases every ball until he either wins or loses the point. Travaglia has already had some big victories in his career, notably his victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon last year. Travaglia will want to have a breakthrough season in 2020, but he needs to find the consistency necessary to become one of the main guys on tour. Travaglia can be a threat here, we will see how he will come out.
This will be the first meeting between both players, and with the form Felix Auger-Aliassime is in, I believe he will come through in the end. Travaglia is more than capable of winning this match if the Felix we have seen in the last few weeks doesn't show up, but if Felix is playing the way he did in Rotterdam, he will book his spot in the second-round.
Felix Auger-Aliassime to win.