World no. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime has been a player to beat on an indoor court this year! Felix won Rotterdam, reached the Marseille final in February and continued in the same style after the US Open. The young Canadian defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the Davis Cup and toppled Novak Djokovic at the Laver Cup. Following an early loss in Astana, Auger-Aliassime won back-to-back titles in Florence and Antwerp to boost his ATP Finals chances. The Canadian looks good to secure his place in Turin after another impressive run in Basel, reaching his third ATP final in as many weeks. Felix has fired 46 aces in four matches in Basel and faced only one break point en route to the title clash. Auger-Aliassime faced world no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final and produced impressive tennis in a 6-3, 6-2 triumph in an hour and 21 minutes. Felix toppled Carlos for the third time in as many matches, dominating the shortest points up to four strokes and keeping everything under control.
Felix Auger-Aliassime played impressive tennis against Carlos Alcaraz.
Felix lost 13 points in nine service games, defending the only break point in the encounter’s closing stages and delivering three breaks from eight opportunities. The Canadian hit 21 winners and 12 unforced errors, reducing the Spaniard to only seven winners and outplaying him in every department to sail into the final. Felix claimed the encounter’s opening game with a booming serve, and Carlos leveled the score at 1-1 with a beautiful volley winner at the net. The Spaniard hit a double fault in game four and fended off two set points to level the score at 2-2. Both players served well in games five and six, and Auger-Aliassime held at 15 in game seven for 4-3.
The Canadian earned three break chances in game eight and seized the first after the rival’s loose forehand to build a 5-3 advantage. Playing flawless tennis, Felix held at love with a volley winner in game nine to wrap up the opener 6-3 in 39 minutes. The Spaniard claimed the second set’s opening game with a volley winner but could not do anything on the return. Instead, Felix cracked a backhand down the line winner in game three for a break at love and a 2-1 lead. Auger-Aliassime confirmed the lead with a service winner in game four and forced Alcaraz’s mistake two games later for 4-2. Carlos struggled on serve again in game seven and experienced a break that sealed his fate in this one. Auger-Aliassime served for the title at 5-2 and faced the first break point. He denied it and moved over the top with a service winner for a place in the final.