Basel | Auger Aliassime’s revival continues.

The defending champion, Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime, must be relishing the Swiss air for his fortunes on court have certainly taken a turn for the better as he successfully come through the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 level draw in Basel to reach the final where he – on this form – can realistically believe he can retain his title.

In what was a rematch of last years final, the Canadian No.1 comfortably defeated the top seeded Holger Rune of Denmark, 6-3 6-2 to reach his first final since winning the title last year.

Auger Aliassime finished with five aces and lost just five points on his first serve to dominate the semi-final, breaking the Dane three times to reach his 14th career final his fifth title.

His final opponent is the the very much in-form Pole, the Shanghai Masters champion, Hubert Hurcacz, who is chasing a spot in next month’s Turin finals and Rune’s loss has helped his cause.

Success in the final would see him trail the 20-year old by just 15 points as both fight for that final 8th place on the Race leaderboard.

Hurcacz beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert in a tight two-hour, 37-minute contest 6-4 3-6 7-6(5) after delivering 8 aces having failed to close the match out at 5-3 in the third, by squandering two match points.

However, he made amends in the tiebreaker on his third match point to winning the 58th breaker he has been involved in this season!

“I try to shut down the noise and do my job, because ultimately if you can do that then you give yourself the best chance,” Hurkacz said after his win.


Hubert Hurkacz pushing hard to make the ATP Finals in Turin

(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)




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