The most unexpected line-up of an ATP 500 final (official introduction in 2009): 23-year-old Djere , who had admittedly played three semifinals in smaller ATP events, but he was associated more with Challengers, and 18-year-old Auger  in his just 13th main-level event. Both fully deserved, eliminating the two top seeds in round one; Auger became the youngest player to participate in an ATP final at this level. It was played in very hot & humid conditions under the floodlights, both guys were profusely sweating throughout the match. The young Canadian (wild card) led 3:1* in the 2nd set. Serving to stay in the match at 5:6, he fought off four match points to have a game point – Djere played his best return then, and a moment later converted his fifth opportunity when Auger’s forehand hit the net-cord. “I don’t know many tennis players who went through these things. I want to be that guy who inspires others and shows that you can still be successful,” Djere said, with reference to death of his parents. “It’s been the week of my dreams. So many things have been achieved here. I’m really happy, excited and emotional now. I’m happy I could push through this match because it was very tough mentally and physically.” The following week they face each other in the Sao Paulo quarterfinal, and the Hungarian-Serb wins again, that time in three sets.
Djere’s route to his maiden title (28th main-level event):
1 Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-3
2 Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-2
Q Casper Ruud 6-4, 7-5
S Aljaz Bedene w/o
W Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 7-5
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