Felix Auger-Aliassime is playing some of the best tennis of his career and recent opponents have had no answer for him.
The Montreal native defeated World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-2 to book his ticket to the Swiss Indoors final on Saturday.
He will then play Holger Rune in the final on Sunday at 10 am ET with his sights set on his third consecutive ATP Tour title. Auger-Aliassime entered the tournament having won the Florence Open and the European Open in consecutive weeks.
“It’s unbelievable,” Auger-Aliassime, the tournament’s third seed and world No.9, said after the match. “I never expected it, when I was in Florence three weeks ago, or after the US Open. I am very happy that all my work is coming together.”
“I’ve always believed that I can play this way, that I can be consistent that way, but it’s one thing to believe and the other is to actually do it. It’s nice to feel that way, it’s nice to get ahead.” the pitch and win so many games in a row, so hopefully this is just the beginning of seeing me play like this.”
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It is the second time the Montreal native has defeated Alcaraz since becoming the top-ranked player on the ATP Tour. Auger-Aliassime outpointed the 19-year-old Spaniard in a Davis Cup singles match on Sept. 16 while competing for Canada.
The Canadian is now 3-0 in career matchups against Alcaraz.
‘I’ve been serving amazing’
Auger-Aliassime, who has not lost a match since Oct. 3 at the Astana Open, has only dropped one set in four matches so far in the tournament and has yet to convert a break point against her.
“So far it has been very close to perfection [in Basel]Auger-Aliassime said in his on-court interview. “I’ve been serving amazing, not breaking once yet. There’s still a game to go, but it’s been a fantastic week, [I have] he played great tennis, and again today against the best player in the world. It’s an incredible victory, so I’m very happy with my level and hopefully I can go all the way.”
The 22-year-old fired nine aces without committing a double fault in the match. He also won 82 per cent of his first serve points and broke three of his eight chances in the one-hour, 21-minute match.
Alcaraz finished with zero aces and three double faults and failed to convert on his only break chance. He won 62 per cent of his first serve points.
The match began as a back-and-forth affair, as Alcaraz matched Auger-Aliassime in each game he won. Once tied at 3-3, Auger-Aliassime won three straight games to take the set. He hit six of his nine aces in the set.
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In the second, Auger-Aliassime jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Alcaraz cut the deficit in game five. Auger-Aliassime then broke in game seven to make it 5-2 before saving Alcaraz’s only break chance to win the set and the match.
“Show up and take care of my serve, game after game,” Auger-Aliassime said after the match. “I think it was a nervous start for both of us, but I think I was able to put a lot of pressure on 1/8 with my 3/8 second serve return, and I think he felt that.
“From that moment I was able to have many opportunities. [In the second set] I got some free points and was able to use them really well. In [world] No. 1 in fashion, came back with big points, had a breaking point [in the final game] to go back a bit. It was 0/30 on my serve, so those are good games to win.”
Also on Saturday, Rune defeated sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6).
Shapovalov wins 95 per cent of first serve points
Canadian Denis Shapovalov will advance to the final of the Vienna Open after beating Borna Coric 7-6 (4), 6-0 on Saturday.
The Richmond Hill, Ontario, native won an impressive 95 per cent of his first serve points in addition to hitting seven aces.
Shapovalov also broke three of his four chances.
“Definitely another big match for me,” Shapovalov said. “Obviously Borna played some long and tough matches, so I think the first set was very important.
“I was very happy, I played a great tiebreak. I thought we were both really close. I think just one point made the difference… Getting the break early in the second set gave me a little bit more energy and, you know, it did lose, I think, a little bit of faith, but a great game for me”.
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Shapovalov sent the first set to a tie break after leveling Coric in each game he won. The Canadian won the first three points in the final set before Coric came back to win four of the next seven. Shapovalov, 23, won the set with an ace.
In a dominant second set, Shapovalov broke Coric’s serve in the second game before saving a break chance for Coric in the third. Shapovalov broke again in game four as he held the Croat scoreless en route to victory.
World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev will be Shapovalov’s next opponent on Sunday as he looks to win his second career title and first this year. Medvedev is 3-2 in his career against Shapovalov.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to play against a guy like Daniil,” Shapovalov said. “[I] I beat him a couple of times before; however, he is a great player.
“I mean, he’s playing tremendously. The last couple of times he caught me and it’s really tough. He’s having a great week. He’s been playing well the whole time here, so it’s going to be a tough battle, but I’m looking forward to it.” “
Swiatek, Gauff in the same group at the WTA Finals
World No.1 Iga Swiatek will face American Coco Gauff in a rematch of their French Open final after they were both drawn in the same group for the round-robin stage of the WTA Finals. which begins Monday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Roland Garros and US Open champions Swiatek (21) and Gauff (18), the two youngest players on the field, were joined in the Tracy Austin Group by Caroline Garcia and Daria Kasatkina following the season-ending tournament draw.
Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, the second-ranked player in the world, led the Nancy Richey Group which was joined by Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka.
The top two players from each group will advance to the semifinals on November 6, with the final roster due the following day.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza won the 2021 edition of the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.
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