The ATP 250 of Stuttgart already has defined the two names that will go in search of the title: Felix Auger-Aliassime (21 °) and Marin Cilic (47 °) They will play the final of the first tournament of the tour on grass.
The Canadian beat American Sam Querrey (67th) in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinal to advance to the eighth final of his career (he lost all he played), the second in this contest. In 2019, the 20-year-old had lost to Matteo Berrettini 6-4 and 7-6 (11) and at that time it meant the third of his seven failed title definitions.
On the other hand, the Croatian arrives after having played only one set in the semifinal: advanced after 6-3 and Jurij Rodionov retired (142nd) when Cilic was 1-0 in his favor in the second set.
Thus, Stuttgart will be the privileged setting of the third confrontation between Auger-Aliassime, who will seek his first title, and Cilic, who accumulates 18. In the two previous duels, the victory was in the hands of the 32-year-old experienced tennis player: the first was Washington, in 2019, 6-3 and 6-4; and the second, in 2020 at the Masters 1000 in Paris, after a 6-0, 3-6 and 6-3.