In Germany, Félix Auger-Aliassime, 21st in the world, wanted to reach his second consecutive final at the ATP circuit, but was trailed in the semi-finals by Frenchman Ugo Humbert.
Humbert won three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7) for his fifth point of the match.
The French, ranked 31st in the world, achieved a remarkable revenge on the Quebecers, who beat him 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (10/8) in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Stuttgart last week. .
We both played an exceptional match.
It was hard physically and mentally. Humbert added: “I am very proud to have won this great match. It gives me a lot of confidence in my abilities.
Auger-Aliassime finally reached the final of the tournament, before losing to Croatian Marin Cilic. He hoped to participate in the ninth final, still looking for his first singles title on the ATP circuit.
The French left-hander will play the third final of his career, against Russian Andrey Rublev (7th), winner a little earlier than Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (30) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Québécois’ work day continued shortly after this match as he teamed up with Hubert Hurkacz in the doubles semi-finals, against Germany’s Tim Puetz and New Zealand’s Michael Venus.
Auger-Aliassime and partner won 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 and will be in Sunday’s final against Kevin Krawetz and Horia Tekao.
Shapovalov can’t win two in one day
In the Queen’s Championship, Shapovalov had to admit defeat to Britain’s Cameron Norrie 3-6, 5-7, after winning the quarter-finals on Friday, a few hours before, against American Frances Tiafoe.
The second seed in the tournament, Shapovalov started the match well by breaking his serve in the first match, his only one in the match on two occasions.
Nouri recovered from the break in the sixth game without allowing the Canadian to collect a point. Then, both players won their serve until Nouri got her second break in the first break in the 12th.
The Briton scored the only break of the second set in the eighth game to give himself a 5-3 lead.
Nouri easily consolidated this break to secure a pass for her to the final. He will face Spanish candidate Matteo Berrettini, the young Australian winner, Alex de Minaur, who is ranked 22nd in the world, 6-4, 6-4.
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