(Reuters) – Greek second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-3 to advance to his second consecutive Open 13 Provence final in Marseille on Saturday where he will face Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Tsitsipas has yet to drop a set in Marseille and was clinical in the semi-final, dropping just one point on serve in the second set, as he looks to become the first man to win back-to-back titles at the tournament since Sweden’s Thomas Enqvist in 1998.
“It keeps getting better and better,” Tsitsipas said. “I really appreciate all the love that I receive here and tomorrow is an exciting day.
“I need to prepare, be ready for it and I can’t wait to show an even better Stefanos tomorrow.”
Auger-Aliassime, who lost the final in Rotterdam last weekend, will look to make amends after he beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-5 7-6(2) to advance.
The 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime, who fired five aces and needed only two break points to seal his place in his second final of the season, holds a 2-1 winning record over Tsitsipas.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon)