What the players said
Auger-Aliassime: "It's a dream for me, to play here, it's an honour. Court Philippe-Chatrier, first victory at Roland-Garros, I had to work hard to obtain it - it was a good opponent, who played a good match."
It has been a season of meaningful victories for the 21-year-old. He won his first ATP title at Rotterdam in February, ending an eight-match losing streak in finals. On Sunday he earned another rite of passage by coming back from two sets down for the first time.
"Very satisfied with the way I finished. Even more with the ambiance at the finish, which was incredible," an elated Auger-Aliassime told the crowd.
Auger-Aliassime said he was able to turn the contest by changing tactics and tightening up his execution on serve.
"I needed a bit more space and a bit more time," Auger-Aliassime said of dealing with Varillas. "My opponent at the beginning was playing very fast, very aggressive, was touching the good zone, hitting with good length. I have a few tools in my game to help me get more time. After that I was able to come back a bit, and I served better and better, and that helped make things easier for me as the match went on."
Varillas: "I think I made a great two first sets, great tennis, great level. Maybe he's more used to these types of matches. This is my first Grand Slam so maybe it was physically it was tough for me in the last three sets but it I think even if I do like ten hours of fitness every day [it wouldn't have helped]. It's being here. Playing these types of matches, playing this type of events. I think that experience that he has of playing these matches, helped him to win.
"I think it's a great experience for me to be playing at this level, I think I have the level to keep improving in the rankings, keep playing these types of tournaments and getting used to this."