Montreal tennis ace Auger-Aliassime reaches Rotterdam semifinals

Montreal tennis ace Auger-Aliassime reaches Rotterdam semifinals

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime is heading to the semifinals at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Gael Monfils was in unplayable mood as the world No 9 saw off British No 1 Dan Evans in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open.

The 19-year-old from Montreal beat Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 7-6 (6) in quarterfinal play at the ATP Tour 500 indoor hardcourt event on Friday.

The Frenchman will face either Serbia's Filip Krajinovic or Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev. The victor will play Auger-Aliassime in Sunday's final at the ATP Tour 500 indoor hardcourt event.

Gael Monfils celebrates after winning his final match against Felix Auger Aliassime in Rotterdam Netherlands
Gael Monfils celebrates after winning his last match versus Felix Auger Aliassime in Rotterdam Netherlands

Carreno Busta won the next game on-serve to ensure the set would be decided by a tiebreaker. The Spaniard was unable to convert either of them, though, as Auger-Aliassime fought back to deuce before clinching the game to make it 6-5.

Auger-Aliassime then held serve but couldn't break the veteran a second time.

It marks the second semifinal appearance of the year for Auger-Aliassime, who is ranked 21st in the world. Carreno Busta (No. 30), meanwhile, had overcome Adrian Mannarino of France, compatriot and sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut and Italy's Jannik Sinner. "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.

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