Auger-Aliassime reaches the final at the Lyon tournament
Quebecker Félix Auger-Aliassime won his ticket for the Lyon tournament final.
Fourth-seeded Auger-Aliassime defeated Georgian favorite Nikoloz Basilashvili 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the semi-finals of the 250-round clay tournament of the ATP.
The 18-year-old will take on Frenchman Benoit Paire, winner of American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday.
This victory will allow the 28th world player to present confidence in the French Open, second round of the Grand Slam, next week.
Auger-Aliassime will be in a second clay final this year. He lost to Serbian Laslo Djere in the final of the Rio de Janiero tournament in February.
This is the second time that Auger-Aliassime overcomes Basilashvili, 18th world player, this year.
Auger-Aliassime earned 83% of his points with his first serve ball, 13 percent better than his opponent. He also saved seven of the nine broken balls against him.
This victory will allow Auger-Aliassime to be ranked 22nd in the world next week.
No Canadian has won an ATP tournament since Milos Raonic triumphed at the Brisbane, Australia, tournament in January 2016.