Tennis

Auger-Aliassime cruises past 2nd straight French opponent to reach Montpellier semis

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the semifinals of the Open Sud de France tennis tournament with a convincing 7-5, 6-1 win over French wild-card Harold Mayot on Friday.

30th-ranked Canadian to face 2nd seed Alexander Bublik for spot in championship

A tennis player waves.
Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime, seen above in January, beat France's Hugo Mayot in straight sets on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Open Sud de France. (Louise Delmotte/The Associated Press)

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the semifinals of the Open Sud de France tennis tournament with a convincing 7-5, 6-1 win over French wild-card Harold Mayot on Friday.

After coming up second-best in the service game in his tough second-round win over up-and-coming Frenchman Arthur Cazeaux on Thursday, the third seed from Montreal looked to be back to his old self against Mayot.

Auger-Aliassime had 10 aces, hit into just two double-faults and won 65 per cent of service points in a match that took 79 minutes to complete.

He also faced just two break points. While he didn't defend either, he broke Mayot five times on six chances.

WATCH | Auger-Aliassime rolls past Mayot:

Felix Auger-Aliassime advances to Open Sud de France semifinals

2 months ago
Duration 2:37
Number three seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal downed wild-card Harold Mayot of France 7-5, 6-1, to reach the semifinals of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

Auger-Aliassime, ranked 30th in the world, will next face second seed Alexander Bublik.

The 23-year-old Canadian has a 2-1 career record against the native of Kazakhstan, including a victory in 2022 en route to his fourth title of 2022 in Basel, Switzerland.

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