Auger-Aliassime defeats Humbert to reach Stuttgart Open semis


Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime is through to the semifinals of the Stuttgart Open after posting a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) win over France’s Ugo Humbert on Friday.

Auger-Aliassime, seeded third at the ATP 250 grass-court tennis event, relied on his powerful serve, striking 17 aces to Humbert’s four.

Both players held serve throughout the tightly contested match. Humbert and Auger-Aliassime each faced just three break points, and saved them all.

Auger-Aliassime evened his career record against Humbert at 1-1. Their first meeting also came on grass, with Humbert defeating Auger-Aliassime in the second round of Wimbledon in 2019.

WATCH | Auger-Aliassime downs Humbert to advance to semis:

No. 3 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal defeated No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert of France 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) to advance to the semifinals in Stuttgart, Germany. 3:21

Auger-Aliassime next faces American veteran Sam Querrey on Saturday. It will mark the first ATP Tour meeting between the two.

Querrey advanced to the semifinals with a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Switzerland’s Dominic Stephan Stricker.

WATCH | Shapovalov wins rain-delayed match to reach Stuttgart Open quarters:

After rain on Thursday pushed their third set to Friday morning, top seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., beat Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals in Stuttgart, Germany. 1:27

Also Friday, top seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., faced Croatia’s Marin Cilic in a quarterfinal match.

He earlier defeated Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in a rain-delayed match. 

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