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Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime, seen here on Jan. 21, 2020, beat qualifier Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 7-5, 6-2 in the final quarter-final.

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Félix Auger-Aliassime is the last Canadian standing at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament after preventing the country from going winless in three quarter-final matches on Friday.

The No. 7 seed from Montreal beat qualifier Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 7-5, 6-2 in the last quarter-final of the day.

Earlier, No. 4 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and unseeded Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver were eliminated at the ATP 250 indoor hard court tournament.

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Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik defeated Shapovalov 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, before No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece defeated Pospisil 7-5, 6-3.

It marked the first time since 1990 three Canadians reached the quarter-finals at the same ATP event.

The 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime is on a roll on the European indoor hard courts, reaching the semi-finals this week after a runner-up finish last week in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

After saving a combined five match points in his first two matches in Marseille, the 18th-ranked Auger-Aliassime won in straight sets for the first time at the tournament against the 72nd-ranked Gerasimov.

Gerasimov converted on his lone break-point opportunity, while Auger-Aliassime was 4-for-11 in the same category. The Canadian won 83 per cent of points when he got his first serve in.

Auger-Aliassime will face world No. 58 Gilles Simon in the semi-finals after the Frenchman upset top seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-4, 6-0. The Canadian won his only previous meeting against Simon, prevailing 7-5, 6-4 on grass outdoors in Stuttgart, Germany last year.

Shapovalov failed to take advantage of opportunities to control his quarter-final, converting just two of 10 breakpoint opportunities. Bublik was slightly better with three of nine break points converted, handing Shapovalov his fifth loss in the past six matches.

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Bublik had 14 aces to Shapovalov’s seven in a match that took two hours 17 minutes to complete.

Shapovalov had a bye in the first round and defeated Marin Cilic in the second round to reach the quarter-finals.

Ranked No. 15 in the world, Shapovalov entered the Open 13 having lost his first match in three straight tournaments. He hadn’t reached a quarter-final since the ASB Classic in New Zealand in mid-January.

The 98th-ranked Pospisil, meanwhile, didn’t have one break-point opportunity against world No. 6 Tsitsipas. The 21-year-old Tsitsipas won 26 of 30 points when he got his first serve in.

“It wasn’t easy, I knew I’d have to fight and be dynamic,” Tsitsipas said. “He plays a very aggressive brand of tennis, so every point has to be treated respectfully. I played with passion and patience, and my fighting spirit, when I’m in the right zone, means good things can happen.”

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