A tantalizing glimpse of a future men's tennis rivalry ended with Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to become the youngest player in 20 years to reach the semi-finals of the Queen's Club championships on Friday.
Tsitsipas, ranked sixth in the world, marks the highest-ranked player the 21st-ranked Auger-Aliassime has beaten in his career.
Auger-Aliassime will face the victor of a quarterfinal between No. 6 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., and Spain's Feliciano Lopez.
Auger-Aliassime looks a natural on grass and that first ATP singles title is only a matter of time.
There, 43-year-old Ken Rosewall played Belgian-born American Pat Dupre, just 23, in the semifinal of a tournament in Hong Kong.
He's the talk of tennis at the moment after a break out season which shows no signs of stopping but what does Felix Auger-Aliassime think of his form on grass so far?
"It's great to be the first Russian to be in the semi-finals and a bit surprising, maybe it's the first time I made history!"
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Auger-Aliassime beat two high-quality opponents Thursday, as he finally got on court after two days of rain.
Auger-Aliassime is the youngest semifinalist at Queen's Club, a Wimbledon tune-up, since Lleyton Hewitt recorded the feat at age 18 in 1999.
Feliciano Lopez is coming off a three sets win over Milos Raonic that took 33 games to decide. The Canadian won 101 points, while Lopez took 99. He then hit the winning point with Lopez skidding and tumbling across the court.
Gilles Simon came through a long all-French encounter with Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-3) and will come up against fourth seed Daniil Medvedev, a 6-2 6-2 victor over Diego Schwartzman. At 3-3 of the first set, Dimitrov's double faulted gave rise to the premier break of the match and later, held all his services games and sealed the set 6-4. Standing between him and the final is Frenchmen Gilles Simon, who beat compatriot Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (5) 5-7 7-6 (3) in a match lasting three hours 20 minutes.
The victor of Auger-Aliassime and de Minaur vs. Ken Skupski and Dan Evans would have to play another doubles match late in the day against Lopez and Andy Murray.
He dropped serve sloppily at 2-2 and faced four match points when he served at 3-5, but hung on grimly to test Lopez's nerve.
Lopez will also co-star in the doubles final with five-times singles champion Andy Murray, delighting crowds on his return from hip surgery, they beat third seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers at the end of a marathon afternoon at the London club.