ATP Adelaide: Felix Auger-Aliassime destroys Bolt. Rublev, Paul, Harris win



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ATP Adelaide: Felix Auger-Aliassime destroys Bolt. Rublev, Paul, Harris win

The 22-year-old American qualifier Tommy Paul is through to his first ATP semi-final, toppling Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 17 minutes. Tommy had the upper hand from start to finish, dropping 11 points behind the initial shot and never facing a break point to mount the pressure on the other side of the net.

Ramos-Vinolas couldn't follow that pace, suffering one break in each set to propel the youngster into the last four where he will face Lloyd Harris. Paul found his A-game right from the start, delivering one good hold after another and taking 13 of the first 14 points and closing the opener on his serve in game nine.

The second set offered nine commanding holds and one loose service game for Ramos-Vinolas that cost him the match, getting broken at 3-3 and allowing Paul to move over the top with great serving in the remaining games. Another qualifier born in 1997, Lloyd Harris took down the 4th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-3 in swift 66 minutes, firing 13 aces and giving away only seven points behind the initial shot.

Equally impressive on the return as well, the South African earned nine break chances, converting three to control the scoreboard all the time to stay on the title course. Unable to find his strokes or move the opponent from the comfort zone, Pablo suffered breaks in games five and nine in the opener, suffering one break in the fourth game of the second set to propel his rival over the top after reaching only one deuce in the return games.

The 3rd seed and Doha champion Andrey Rublev defeated Daniel Evans 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and one minute, firing 12 aces and dropping 22 points in 14 service games to fend off five out of six break chances. Evans gave his best to stay in touch with an in-form rival, saving seven out of nine break points offered to the Russian but still falling in three sets.

Andrey broke in the very first game of the match to gain early momentum, serving well and fending off a break point in game ten with a service winner for a 6-4. The Briton had the upper hand in the second set, serving well and breaking Andrey in the fourth game to send the clash into a decider.

Bringing back his best tennis in the final set, Rublev gave away only six points behind the initial shot, earning a break at 2-1 following a massive forehand error from Evans and sealing the deal with a service winner in game nine to remain perfect in 2020.

Delivering his career-best serving performance, the 3rd seed Felix Auger-Aliassime sunk Alex Bolt 6-3, 6-0 in 55 minutes, losing four points on serve and rattling off the last ten games of the match to march into the semi-final where he will face Rublev.

Bolt stayed in contention in the first five games before Felix shifted into a higher gear and grabbed five straight breaks, playing better and better as the encounter progressed to cross the finish line in style.