Montreal tennis ace Auger-Aliassime reaches Rotterdam semifinals

Tanya Simon
February 16, 2020

Montreal teen Felix Auger-Aliassime celebrates his victory over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia during Day 7 of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on February 14, 2020, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Defending champion Gael Monfils overcame Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the Rotterdam Open semifinal on Saturday to set up a title clash with Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Monfils, the world No. 9, won the ATP Tour 500 indoor hardcourt event for the second straight year.

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Auger-Aliassime saved one set point in the tiebreak. Auger-Aliassime won the first four points, including two mini-breaks, to put himself into pole position. Carreno Busta ousted No. 79 ranked Italian Jannik Sinner 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (6) on Friday.

In Saturday's semifinal, Auger-Aliassime, ranked No. 21 in the world, will face 30th ranked Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. "I was thinking, 'If this goes my way, it might be tough for him.' So, I really pushed to try to get through", Auger-Aliassime added.

"It would be the first time to win two titles in a row and actually even the first time to win two titles in the same season, so it would be huge for me", Monfils said, per the ATP Tour. He made it to three finals previous year in his first full season on tour.

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