Basel | Auger Aliassime continues to recover form

Holger Rune and defending champion Felix Auger Aliassime will face each other in the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors event in Basel, Switzerland having both survived tight third set quarter final tie-break decisions.

I don’t want to say [I’m back] yet, but I’m on my way back and this is a crucial win. Felix Auger Alaissime

The top-seeded Rune edged Argentina’s Tomas Marin Etcheverry 6-, 3-6 7-6(6) after fending off a number of break points in the deciding set and then failing to convert the first of two match points at 6-4 in the tie-break.

“It was super difficult and Tomas has played great all tournament and had a super season. It was a fun match to play,” Rune said on the ATP website. “I was super lucky at the end;, I have never had as much luck in my life. Of course, I am happy to win but I feel for him as I know how it feels myself when these kind of things happen. I am happy with my level. It was a tough match physically, so I am proud of myself.”

Canada’s Auger-Aliassime won his own thriller over Russia’s Alexander Shevchenko 7-6(2) 3-6 7-6(1).

The 22-year-old Shevchenko broke at 4-all and held a match point on serve at 5-4, but the Canadian 6th seed, who has had a troublesome season, fought back strongly.

“I don’t want to say [I’m back] yet, but I’m on my way back and this is a crucial win. It’s amazing to get through a match like this,” Auger-Aliassime said following his win. “To be able to come back and recover, that’s big for me.”

Poland’s fourth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz kept on Rune’s tail in the Turin race defeating Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4to face Frenchman Ugo Humbert who beat the Swiss hopes Dominic Stricker 6-4 2-6 6-2.

Holger Rune remains in the Turin race

(Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)



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