ATP Stockholm: Denis Shapovalov and Tommy Paul set title clash

The defending Stockholm champion Denis Shapovalov is through to his fourth ATP final in the Swedish capital following a 6-4, 7-5 victory over his compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime. It was their sixth meeting on the ATP Tour and the third win for the older Canadian, who sealed the deal in just under two hours. Felix served at 42% and struggled on the second serve to experience four breaks from six chances offered to Denis. On the other hand, Shapovalov served above 70%, which made the crucial difference, as he got broken twice and defended the lead to seal the deal in straight sets. They stayed neck and neck in the more extended exchanges, and Denis forged the gap in the quickest rallies up to four strokes, mainly thanks to seven aces. Felix netted a backhand in the encounter’s opening game to suffer a break, and a left-hander held with a smash winner in the next one to confirm the lead.

Denis Shapovalov and Tommy Paul are the last men standing in Stockholm.

Shapovalov cracked a backhand return winner in the seventh game to deliver another break and move 5-2 up. Auger-Aliassime pulled one break back in the eighth game to extend the set and had two more break chances at 4-5 for a complete turnaround. Denis stayed calm and fended them off with booming serves before sealing the set with a forehand drive-volley winner for 6-4. Felix grabbed a break in the second set’s fourth game to move 3-1 in front, staying ahead only for a couple of minutes, as Denis broke back a few minutes later to reduce the deficit to 3-2. Returning at 5-5, Shapovalov broke at love after forcing Auger-Aliassime’s error and sealed the deal with an ace in game 12 for a place in the final. World no. 52 Tommy Paul is through to his first ATP final after beating the fellow American Frances Tiafoe 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 after two and a half hours.

Tommy played better on the second serve, although there was not much to separate them, as they both saved six out of nine break chances. Tiafoe broke in the opener’s 11th game and erased a break point in the next one to secure the set 7-5. They traded early breaks in set number two, and Frances broke again at 5-5 to serve for the victory. With no room for errors, Tommy broke back in game 12 to introduce a tie break and claimed it 7-5 to force a decider after almost two hours of a grueling battle. With momentum on his side, Tommy served well in the third set and broke Frances at 1-1 to forge the crucial advantage and move over the top with a hold at love in game ten.

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