Arthur Fils wins his first title
French tennis prodigy Arthur Fils made waves in the tennis world as he secured his first tour-level title at the Lyon Open, becoming the youngest champion in the tournament’s history. In a thrilling final, Fils defeated Francisco Cerundolo 6-3 7-5, showcasing his talent and determination.
Fils displayed his aggressive playing style throughout the match, demonstrating mental fortitude by bouncing back from lost break advantages in the second set. Ultimately, he secured a crucial break in the 11th game, which proved to be the decisive moment.
The 18-year-old held his nerve on serve, sealing the victory in front of a jubilant home crowd. Fils expressed his joy, stating, “I will remember this forever. It has been a great week. It has been amazing. I am happy with the win and now I want more.”
This remarkable win marked Fils’ 10th tour-level victory of the season, solidifying his status as the youngest champion on the ATP Tour in 2023. He joins the ranks of fellow teenage talents Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune, who have also claimed titles this year.
Previously showcasing his potential in Montpellier and Marseille, Lyon proved to be the stage where Fils truly excelled, claiming the coveted title. He also achieved a significant milestone by breaking into the Top 100 for the first time, securing the No. 63 spot in the ATP Rankings.
While Fils revels in his victory, Cerundolo sets his sights on the upcoming Roland Garros tournament, aiming to make his mark after a solid clay court season in 2023. With his impressive performances in Rome and Barcelona, the 24-year-old Argentine is determined to continue his success on the Grand Slam stage.
French Open Order of Play
COURT PHILIPPE CHATRIER – FROM 10:00
- Marta Kostyuk v Aryna Sabalenka (2)
- Jiri Vesely v Stefanos Tsitsipas (5)
- Alize Cornet v Camila Giorgi
- Adrian Mannarino v Ugo Humbert
COURT SUZANNE LENGLEN – FROM 10:00
- Karen Khachanov (11) v Constant Lestienne
- Maria Sakkari (8) v Karolina Muchova
- Laslo Djere v Andrey Rublev (7)
- Danielle Collins v Jessica Pegula (3)
COURT SIMONNE MATHIEU – FROM 10:00
- David Goffin v Hubert Hurkacz (13)
- Magda Linette (21) v Leylah Fernandez
- Arthur Cazaux (W) v Corentin Moutet
- Jule Niemeier v Daria Kasatkina (9)
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Pouille to beat Rodionov
M. Ymer to win a set v Musetti
Kokkinakis to beat Evans
Grenier to Win a set v Fucsovics
Shevchenko 3-0 v Otte
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