Felix Auger-Aliassime didn’t produce his best tennis on Friday, but found a way to win and reach the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-finals.
The 19-year-old Canadian saved one set point in the second set tie-break en route to beating Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 7-6(6) over one hour and 51 minutes. He will next play Pablo Carreno Busta, who saved two match points in a thrilling victory over Jannik Sinner.
Auger-Aliassime, who hit 22 winners, led by a set and 3-0 before Bedene recovered and held a set point at 6/5 in the tie-break. Auger-Aliassime, who saved the set point with a forehand approach off a big serve down the middle, becomes the first Canadian into the Rotterdam semi-finals since Milos Raonic in 2015 (l. to Wawrinka).
World No. 21 Auger-Aliassime struck two forehands winners to break Bedene and clinch the 47-minute opener. He won five straight games from 4-4 in the first set to 3-0 in the second set, including 21 of 30 points.
Later today, third seed and defending champion Gael Monfils takes on Daniel Evans, while seventh seed Andrey Rublev, who has a 13-1 record in 2020, meets Filip Krajinovic.
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