Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime reaches Open 13 men's tennis final
Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime makes a backhand return to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, February 22, 2020 3:04PM EST
MARSEILLE, France - Another week, another ATP Tour final for Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The 19-year-old from Montreal defeated French veteran 7-5, 7-6(2) on Saturday to reach the final of the Open 13 Provence men's event. Auger-Aliassime saved two-of-three break points en route to his 12th win in 19 matches this season.
Auger-Aliassime will face defending-champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in the championship game Sunday. Auger-Aliassime leads Tsitsipas 2-1 in career matchups but Tsitsipas won their most recent meeting four months ago in Shanghai.
Auger-Aliassime dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to France's Gael Monfils last weekend in the final of the ABN AMRO World tennis tournament in Rotterdam.
Auger-Aliassime rallied from a break down to win the first set in just over an hour. After Simon held serve to go up 6-5 in the second, Auger-Aliassime did the same emphatically at love to force the tiebreaker.
The Canadian finished with fives aces in the match - Simon had one - and won 79 per cent of points on his first serve compared to 67 per cent for his opponent. Auger-Aliassime converted two-of-six break opportunities while Simon was one-for-three.
Tsitsipas advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 semifinal victory against Alexander Bublik. The second seed from Greece had six aces and broke his strong-serving Kazakh opponent's serve three times, dropping his own once.
Playing only his third semifinal at this level, Bublik competed well and hit eight aces.
The 21-year-old Tsitsipas will aim for his fifth career title when he faces Auger-Aliassime.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2020.
The Associated Press contributed to this report