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Félix Auger-Aliassime reaches the MercedesCup final in back-to-back tournament years.
In 2019, Auger-Aliassime lost in the final to Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-4, 7-6(11). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 instalment of the Stuttgart Open was not played.
The Canadian has now reached eight finals in his professional career. He is still in search of his first victory on the ATP tour level.
So far in Stuttgart, Auger-Aliassime defeated Lloyd Harris of South Africa 6-3, 7-6(4) in the round of 16 and won the nail-biter against Ugo Humbert of France 7-6(5), 7-6(8) in the quarter-final.
Auger-Aliassime continued to dominate on the grass-surface and won today’s thriller over American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5.
He’s now 11-3 on grass courts in his young career.
Today’s match was another close one. Ultimately, the 20-year-old Canadian converted on break points when it mattered most.
Auger-Aliassime took the first set 6-4. He closed out the set in the 10th game on his first break point opportunity.
In the second set, Auger-Aliassime broke the American at another opportune time. Up 6-5, on Querrey’s serve, Auger-Aliassime was resilient and converted on the lone break point of the second set and the eventual match-winner.
The Canadian won 85 percent of points on his first serve and 89 percent on his second. The Montreal native continues to showcase the effectiveness of his powerful serve on the faster grass surface.
Auger-Aliassime extends his win streak to three and advances to his second MercedesCup final. He will face Marin Čilić of Croatia on Sunday.