Lyon: Son in half

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The day after his victory won relatively easily against Mikael Ymer, Arthur Fils qualified this Thursday for the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Lyon thanks to the package of Félix Auger-Aliassime.

Opposed this Wednesday to the Swede Mikael Ymer at the Lyon tournament, Arthur Fils had benefited from the bloodshed of his opponent who came to smash his racket against the referee’s chair to advance to the quarter-finals before the end of the match. This Thursday, the French spent even less time than the 1h01 of the day before on the Rhone court. During the warm-up, his opponent, the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, gave up. The fault when waking up from alarming pain in the shoulder.

The misfortune of some is the happiness of others. This withdrawal from Félix Auger-Aliassime will propel Arthur Fils into the top 100 of the ATP rankings for the first time in his career. Moreover, without having wasted any energy, the 18-year-old Frenchman got rid of the biggest threat of the Lyon tournament (seeded number 1) in addition to also qualifying for the semi-finals. In the last four, the Habs will face American Brandon Nakashima, who defeated his compatriot Tommy Paul (6-3, 7-6(4)). The other semi-final will pit Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo against Briton Cameron Norrie.

This year Arthur Fils has had his best runs in France. In February, he also reached the semi-finals at the Montpellier and Marseille tournaments where he respectively lost against the Italian Jannik Sinner and then against another Frenchman, Benjamin Bonzi.