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Felix Auger-Aliassime falls in Adelaide semis

Felix Auger-Aliassime from Canada lost a tight semi-final against a glowing opponent in the Adelaide International on Friday.

The number 2 seed from Montreal fell 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-4 to number 3 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia, who has won 11 games in a row.

Rublev saved nine of the 10 breakpoints and eventually won in just under three hours at the Australian Open tuneup event.

Auger-Aliassime, 19, fell just short of joining Alexander Zverev as only the second player since 2008 to reach four ATP Tour finals as a teenager. The Canadian, ranked 22nd in the world, saved eight of 10 break points, but lost a key game on serve to go down 5-4 in the third set. Rublev then won on serve to finish it.

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Rublev, who will face South African Lloyd Harris in the final, is the first player since 2004 to reach back-to-back finals in the first two weeks of the season.

Meanwhile, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski fell to a familiar foe in her quest for a 10th career WTA doubles title.

The 27 year old from Ottawa, alongside Croatia’s Darija Jurak, lost to her former playing partner Yifan Xu and Nicole Melichar 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 in the women’s doubles final.

Dabrowski and Jurak appeared poised to close it out, up 5-3 in the second set. However, Xu and Melichar managed to save two match points en route to winning four straight games to force a super tiebreaker — that they would win to secure the title.

Just a few months back, Dabrowski and Xu concluded a three-year partnership after playing in their second career WTA Finals. In their first tournament as partners in 2017, the Canadian-Chinese pair won the Miami Open — one of five career doubles titles they accrued as a team.

Dabrowski also reached her first Grand Slam final in women’s doubles at last year’s Wimbledon playing alongside Xu.

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