Federico Staksrud hits a forehand.
Federico Staksrud competing at the Vizzy Atlanta Open presented by Acrytech. PPA Tour

Staksrud dominates Alshon to make tenth consecutive final

PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA - Coming into Atlanta, Federico Staksrud was 3-0 against Christian Alshon in singles in 2024. After an 11-0, 11-4 rout on Saturday morning, he’s now 4-0.

Both players were ready to start the match outdoors on Humana Championship Court, but a rain shower forced play inside before the first point.

This is the second time that Staksrud has had to endure a change in conditions, as his quarterfinal match against Pablo Tellez was moved indoors in its second game on Friday.

The No. 1 seed continues to show that the change in conditions doesn’t bother him.

“That’s what I get paid for,” he said. “To stay focused, show up, and compete. That’s my profession right now, so I do what I have to do.”

Staksrud controlled the match in all areas, but his ability to anticipate Alshon’s shots at the kitchen line during cat-and-mouse rallies was especially impressive and essentially offset the challenge presented by Alshon’s length and reach.

With the win, Staksrud is into his tenth consecutive men’s singles final to start off 2024.

He credits that consistent success with his resilience and ability to quickly adapt to different conditions from tournament to tournament.

“Last year, I had a really tough time competing for so many weeks and in so many different conditions. I think that’s one of the biggest challenges for us,” he explained. “The people you see at the top like Ben and Anna Leigh do that the best. You don’t see them struggling with different conditions—they just adjust. That’s what I’ve been trying to do this year.”

Staksrud will face the winner of the match between Ben Johns and Tyson McGuffin in Sunday’s final.