Felix Auger-Aliassime continues his bid for a maiden ATP title when he faces qualifier Egor Gerasimov in the Marseille quarter-finals on Friday.
Felix Auger-Aliassime ?? vs Egor Gerasimov ?? Match Info
Date: Friday February 21
Tournament: ATP Marseille QF
Court: Court Central
Time: 8.30pm local time (7.30pm GMT)
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Egor Gerasimov Head-to-Head
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After finishing runner-up at four ATP finals over the course of the last 12 months, is it finally time for Auger-Aliassime to break through and capture his maiden tour-level title in Marseille this week?
The rising Canadian could possibly have destiny on his side this week after saving multiple match points in his first two matches to reach the quarter-finals. Facing a quick turnaround from his Rotterdam final defeat to Gael Monfils on Sunday, the 19-year-old saved two match points to overcome Stefano Travaglia in the opening round before surviving some sensational shotmaking from Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a dramatic second round tussle on Thursday night. Auger-Aliassime couldn’t convert a match point in the second set tiebreak after dropping a first set bagel on the Frenchman, and Herbert almost made him pay the ultimate price as he carved out three match points for himself in the decider. However, Auger-Aliassime dug deep and saved them all, eventually prevailing by a 6-0 6-7(6) 7-6(9) scoreline in two hours and 40 minutes.
Auger-Aliassime made his first ATP final on the clay of Rio de Janeiro this time last year as a 104th-ranked wildcard and swiftly climbed the rankings to become the youngest player in the top 25 since Lleyton Hewitt in 1999, also finishing runner-up in Lyon and Stuttgart. Auger-Aliassime was also the third youngest Masters 1000 semi-finalist when he reached the final four in Miami.
The Canadian didn’t have a great start to 2020, losing three of his four matches in the ATP Cup and falling in the first round of the Australian Open and second round in Montpellier, but he did play brilliantly in a semi-final run in Adelaide and showcased all of his immense talent in making the final in Rotterdam last week, rising up to No. 18 in the world.
It’s only a matter of time before Auger-Aliassime wins his maiden ATP title, but will it come this weekend in Marseille?
Meanwhile, Gerasimov continues to play the best tennis of his career as she targets his second straight ATP semi-final, qualifying for the main draw with a pair of battling three-set victories over Evgeny Karlovskiy and Emil Ruusuvuori before taking out Dennis Novak 7-6(3) 6-3 and upsetting third seed and World No. 10 David Goffin 6-4 7-6(5), bouncing back from failing to serve out the second set to edge it in a tiebreak, with the victory also doubling as his first top 10 scalp.
After spending the bulk of his time on the Challenger circuit, Gerasimov has made the transition to the ATP World Tour over the last few months and his currently operating close to his career-high ranking of No. 72. The 27-year-old broke into the top 100 in September last year after making his first ATP semi-final in St. Petersburg, defeating No. 13 Matteo Berrettini along the way, while he’s taking his game to the next level in 2020, making the second round of the Australian Open before reaching his maiden ATP final in Pune, falling in three sets to Jiri Vesely. Can the Belarusian make it back-to-back semi-finals on Friday night?
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Egor Gerasimov Prediction
This could end up being a very tough match for Auger-Aliassime, especially with the Canadian barely having had any rest over the last fortnight. Gerasimov is playing career-best tennis and clearly loves playing indoors, with two of his three ATP semi-finals coming in these conditions. I think Auger-Aliassime should be able to grind it out, but after saving match points in both his previous matches, the Canadian may be in for another wild ride on Friday night.