Montrealer Félix Auger-Aliassime knocked out of Noventi Open

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Regardless of the loss, Auger-Aliassime will return to the highest 20 within the ATP rankings subsequent week at No. 19.

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Félix Auger-Aliassime’s run on the Noventi Open got here to an finish Saturday when he misplaced to Ugo Humbert of France 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) in a two-hour and 33-minute semifinal battle on the grass courts in Halle, Germany.

Auger-Aliassime fought off three match factors however Humbert held on to avenge a loss to Auger-Aliassime final week in Stuttgart. The 20-year-old Montrealer gained a pair of tiebreakers to beat Humbert within the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open earlier this month. Humbert will meet fourth-seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia in Sunday’s ultimate.

Regardless of the loss, Auger-Aliassime will return to the highest 20 within the ATP rankings subsequent week at No. 19.

Auger-Aliassime was again on court docket later Saturday becoming a member of Hubert Hurcacz of Poland to beat the fifth-seeded crew of German Tim Putz and Michael Venus of New Zealand 7-6, 6-3 in a doubles semifinal. Auger-Aliassime and Hurcacz will meet third-seeded Horia Tecau of Romania and Kevin Krawietz of Germany in Sunday’s ultimate.

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