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Serbia’s Laslo Djere scored a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 winner over 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Brasil Open. It was a rematch of Djere’s victory Sunday in the Rio Open final.

Djere needed over two hours to beat the Montreal native who has been playing the best tennis of his career in recent weeks.

On Thursday, Auger-Aliassime continued his recent impressive run on clay courts with a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) win over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Auger-Aliassime, currently ranked 60th on the ATP Tour, fired 16 aces in the Thursday match that took two hours 10 minutes to complete.

The Canadian won 85 per cent of first-serve points but only 40 per cent on second serve.

Djere will next play No. 3 seed Guido Pella of Argentina who advanced to the semi-finals by beating compatriot Marco Trungelliti 6-0, 6-3.

Chile’s Christian Garin will face Norway’s Casper Ruud in the other semi-final in the clay-court tournament. Garin beat fourth-seed Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Ruud eliminated Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 6-1, 6-1.

Earlier Friday, Roger Federer gave himself a chance to win the 100th title of his career at the Dubai Championships.

But the 20-time Grand Slam champion will have to beat the rising star of tennis to do so.

Federer set up a title match against 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas by defeating Borna Coric 6-2, 6-2 in just 67 minutes in the semi-finals of the ATP event.

“I think it was important to mix it up, be solid, not give him too many chances and keep showing him it’s going to be really difficult for him to win, ” Federer said. “At the end, I actually played really good. I’m very pleased.”

Federer, who is 37, is looking to become the second man in the professional era to reach 100 tour-level tournament titles, joining Jimmy Connors, who won 109. Seven of Federer’s previous 99 wins have come in Dubai.

At the Mexican Open on Friday, No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev rolled into the final at Acapulco with a 7-6 (0), 6-3 win over Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie.

After capturing the one-sided tiebreaker, Zverev recorded the only service break of the second set for a 2-0 lead, then served out the match.

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