It was like a premature final. Much inferior Harris  already awaited the final, so it was almost obvious that the winner of the  Rublev-Auger  semifinal would win the title the following day. Their 3-hour semifinal was one of the most exciting “best of three” matches of the short ’20 season. The first two no-break sets could have gone either way: Rublev won an amazing point at *3:4 (30/40), he withstood three mini-set points in that game in total, at 5:6 (0/30) Auger helped him netting the second serve, there was also 5-all in the tie-break when Rublev delivered very good out-wide serve. In the 2nd set the Russian led 4:3* (40/15), then he had a match point at 6:5 – missed his BH return, also led 4:1* in the tie-break when Auger’s BH caught the sideline. The Canadian saved the second match point (at 6:7) with an ace and raised to a 3:0* lead in the decider. A bit discouraged Rublev broke back though, and saved a mini-match point at 3:4 when Auger’s FH landed wide. Facing the fourth match point Auger decided to play an overhead from a ball going long…
Rublev’s route to his 4th title:
2 Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-3
Q Daniel Evans 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
S Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-4
W Lloyd Harris 6-3, 6-0
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