TennisSection previews the 2022 Paris Masters as Felix Auger-Aliassime takes on Holger Rune in the semifinal on Saturday, November 5th, 2022.
Will Holger Rune end the streak? Or will Felix Auger-Aliassimeextend his near-perfect record on indoor hard courts at the Paris Masters? This should be a gripping semifinal in a rematch of the Basel final a week ago. Who will prevail?
Felix Auger-Aliassime’s late-season surge continued as he picked up his 16th successive win to reach the Paris Masters semifinals. Auger-Aliassime toppled Frances Tiafoe in straight sets in an hour and 33 minutes. He has now won a Tour-leading 27 matches on indoor hard courts in 2022 and is a major contender to lift his first Masters 1000 title this weekend. The first set against Tiafoe flew by very quickly as Auger-Aliassimedid not face a single break point. Tiafoe tried his best to keep the scoreline a little closer in the second, but was overwhelmed by the Canadian’s sheer power. Overall, Auger-Aliassime tallied 26 winners to the American’s 14 and only dropped five points behind his first serve.
Holger Rune, meanwhile, eased into the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. He led Carlos Alcaraz 6-3 6-6, before the world No. 1 retired due to injury. Rune is equally in great form this autumn, having now won 17 of his past 19 matches – a run that includes two runner-up finishes and a title win in Stockholm. Can he end Auger-Aliassime’s streak at the Paris Masters in a rematch of the Basel final?
Felix Auger-Aliassime leads Holger Rune 1-0 in their head-to-head. They contested the Basel final a week ago, with the Canadian coming out on top in straight sets. Bar Novak Djokovic, these two players have been the best of the rest this autumn. And deservedly will have the chance to add to their trophy cabinets at the Paris Masters and at the ATP Finals, in Turin and Milan respectively. You could make a case with Rune probably being a very offensive player. Data from the ATP Tour insights shows he played 31% of his shots in attack against Alcaraz, better than the Tour’s average of 23%. But he won’t be getting a sniff on the Auger-Aliassime serve which has been impregnable since overcoming Mikael Ymer a couple of rounds ago. The Canadian should be heavily favored to win again.
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