Ugo Humbert played a flawless final set tiebreaker to take out Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) in the semifinals at Halle.
The lefty played his fourth straight 3-set match of the week, and gained revenge on the Canadian who beat Humbert last week in Stuttgart.
“It was an amazing match from both of us, but it was very tough physically and mentally,” Humbert said on court. “I’m very proud to win this match, it was exceptional.
“It gives me a lot of confidence, and when you win some matches 7-6 two times in the third set.”
The 22-year-old will seek his third career title — and first at the 500 level — against Andrey Rublev. The Russian also needed three sets in a win over qualifier Nikolaz Basilashvili 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to reach his first grass final
“It’s my first final on grass and in Halle,” said Rublev. “I think I can play on every surface and I will try my best again tomorrow. I had good opportunities to break him in the second set, some quite easy forehands and I stressed a little showing my emotions. I then came back and stayed calm, until the last game. But I won.”
Rublev has won 29 of his last 31 matches at the ATP 500 level. He’ll seek his 9th career title over Humbert who he beat in three sets in their only meeting in St. Petersburg last year.
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