Felix Auger-Aliassime Cincinnati Open 2022

Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Paris Masters

We recently saw the final of the Paris Masters tournament at the Accor Arena. On Sunday 6th November, Denmarks Holger Rune took on tennis great Novak Djokovic to try and get his hands on his first-ever Masters title.

In what was a very entertaining 3 set game, Rune claimed the title-winning 2-1 (3-6, 6-3, 7-5), beating the Serbian who was the heavy favorite going into the match with most sportsbooks putting him at somewhere around the -435 mark meaning a $5 stake only got you $6.15 in return. For reference, Rune was around +355, returning $21.75 from the same stake. Pretty huge upset in a sport where the favorite wins more often than not really, isn’t it?

However, on his way to the final, Rune would take on the man we’re here to talk about today. Felix Auger-Aliassime. The two would meet in the Semi Final where of course, Rune went on to win before taking home the gold, but even though it was a straight sets loss to Rune for Auger-Aliassime, was the score really as telling as it makes out or was Felix performance better than a 6-4 6-2 loss would lead tennis fans to believe?

Coming into this match, Felix was on a 16-match win streak, which unfortunately was halted by the Danish teen Holger Rune. That 16-match win streak featured THREE ATP Tour titles AND a win over Rune in the Swiss Indoors final. But, ultimately, after what must’ve been a tiring few months for Felix, he pretty much ran out of gas. He struggled to keep up at times and was ultimately beaten by the incredible backhand returns of Rune.

I saw some statistics that [my] backhand is going well in this tournament, so I tried to use that a little bit. Especially against Felix who has such a great forehand serve.” Said Rune.

He kind of exposed weaknesses in my game. He was just playing so aggressively without missing. I haven’t seen, or I haven’t played, many players that were this aggressive and hitting that hard, that deep.” said Auger-Aliassime.

Lots of credit given to the Dane there by Felix, BUT that loss doesn’t mean the end of things for Felix. After a fantastic run leading up to that loss, he has earned a spot in the NITTO ATP Finals, which took place in Turin, beginning November 13th. This is the first time in his career that he has qualified for this tournament and at 22 years old, he’s still growing, still learning. There is almost certainly a LOT more to come from this young man.

As we mentioned earlier, for Felix to get beat by the eventual winner of the Paris Masters isn’t a bad thing at all, even if that winner was the +355 underdog in that particular game. But what about the odds for the Nitto ATP Finals? Well, right now, there aren’t any concrete odds anywhere, but what we CAN do is look at last years odds, compare them to how the players are performing now and see how they would measure up today. For example, Before the tournament started in 2021, Novak Djokovic was the +140 favorite with Daniil Medvedev second at +275.

But how would those odds even look today? Djokovic hasn’t been the player he once was for a while now and has slipped as far down as 8th in the mens singles rankings. Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev is 5th, when I believe he WAS second. Prior to the tournament last year the mens 8th ranked player (Casper Ruud) was +2000 to win the tournament with the mens 5th ranked player (Andrey Rublev) being +1400. For reference, these odds would return you $105 and $75, respectively from a $5 stake. But getting those odds on Djokovic to win a tournament still sounds insane to me, he lives off his reputation still so, what are they going to be?

Unfortunately, we can’t specifically say what the odds for Felix to do well here would be other than the 6th seed was +1500  ($80 return from $5) going into it. So for now we’re not certain, but if you’re looking to stake on the Nitto ATP Finals be sure to compare Ontario’s best sports betting sites and support Felix as he seemingly continues his way up the ladder in the ATP Tour. I have to admit, with his rank steadily increasing and him currently being at a career-high 6th, I can only imagine it’s just a matter of time before he wins a big tournament. Could he really claim a grand slam? That’s the next question I suppose!

I think that just about covers it for this one. As mentioned, the next event for Felix will be the Nitto ATP Finals, in Turin, Italy. That tournament will be running from 13th November to 20th and will feature many of the biggest names in Tennis. Djokovic, Nadal, Ruud and Medvedev will all appear alongside Felix, but how will Felix fare in this tournament? He recently hit a career high singles rank of #6 and he has been playing very well this year. But after a few solid results on the ATP tour and a lot of QF/SF finishes in the Masters, he’ll be hoping he can put in a big performance here to maybe claim the win or AT LEAST make the final.

As for the rest of the competitors, who do we think takes it, Tennis fans? Though the fixture list hasn’t been mapped out yet where do we think the big names will finish? Who will be the final 4 when it comes to the Semi-Finals and who advances to the final? Djokovic hasn’t had the best year and is currently ranked 8th in the world, can he bounce back and take this one? What about current mens #1 Carlos Alcaraz, will he put his name on the trophy? Or will we see a classic Nadal performance? The only thing for sure is that it will be a doozy of a tournament!

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.