Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime moved a step nearer to his maiden ATP title after a 6-1 6-2 win over Corentin Moutet within the Murray River Open semifinals in Melbourne on Saturday.
Third seed Auger-Aliassime, who had saved a match level in opposition to Egor Gerasimov within the final 16 of the Australian Open warm-up occasion, wanted simply an hour to see off the 21-year-old Frenchman due to a dominant serving show.
The 20-year-old Canadian fired eight aces and didn’t face a single break level en path to a 3rd straight win in opposition to Moutet.
Auger-Aliassime, who has misplaced every of his six finals on the lads’s ATP Tour, faces eighth seed Dan Evans in Sunday’s decider after the Briton beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-2.
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“I am effectively conscious of my document in finals, however I feel tomorrow is one other match,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned. “I had very troublesome matchups in my final finals when it comes to rankings. This time it is completely different, however it doesn’t suggest that it will get any simpler.”
After being knocked out of the Australian Open within the first spherical final 12 months, Auger-Aliassime faces German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe within the opening spherical of the 12 months’s first Grand Slam and he’s assured his recreation is in fine condition.
“I am being an increasing number of mature with how I play. My feeling is that I will carry extra consistency by the matches,” he mentioned. “I do really feel like I am a greater participant than I used to be 12 months in the past, so we’ll see.”