Felix Auger-Aliassime to meet Benoit Paire in Lyon Open final

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Felix Auger-Aliassime in action

Felix Auger-Aliassime is one win away from claiming his maiden ATP Tour trophy, but he will have to get past Benoit Paire in the final on Saturday.

The Canadian teenager came from a set down to dump top seed Nikoloz Basilashvili out of the Lyon Open, winning 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in two hours and 16 minutes.

Georgian Basilashvili broke twice in the first set and, after no breaks of serve in the second, Auger-Aliassime drew level via the tie-breaker.

The important break in the third set came in seven.

“It feels great. I came here because I thought maybe something good could happen,” the 18-year-old said. “I felt good two years in a row in this city and here I am in the final, still haven’t lost in this city, so it feels pretty good.”

Auger-Aliassime will face Paire in the final after the Frenchman saw off the challenge of American Taylor Fritz, securing a 6-4, 6-2 victory in one hour and five minutes.

Paire claimed a single break in the opening set and two in the second to reach his second final of the year having won the title in Marrakech in April.

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