Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime became the youngest finalist at the ATP Rotterdam event on Saturday with his 7-6(2), 6-4 defeat of Pablo Carreno Busta.
The 19-year-old winner will face off against either holder Gael Monfils of Serb Filip Krajinovic for the title on Sunday.
Aliassime finished off his win in just under two hours with a 16th ace after saving all four break points he faced. The Canadian will be bidding for his first ATP title after playing and losing three finals in 2019.
“Reaching the final here on my debut is a good sign,” he said. “It’s a pleasure and I’m truly honoured.
“I expected a tough match. and I’m pleased with my serving. I almost didn’t miss a first set in the opening set.
“I got off to a good start and gave myself occasions, then I competed well in the tiebreaker.
“The second set was close but i knew if I could hold serve I could go through. I played well and I’m very happy.”
Carreno Busta was the first Spanish semi-finalist here since Rafael Nadal reached the final 11 years ago.
Alissime was playing his second semi of the season after Adelaide in January and was the first from his country to play a Rotterdam semi since Milos Raonic in 2015
Gael Monfils will aim to collect a second straight title in Rotterdam after defeating Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 7-6(5).
The French showman who beat good friend Stan Wawrinka a year ago for the trophy, has never faced upcoming opponent Aliassime.
The No. 9 came to the Dutch port city after winning Montpellier last weekend; he was competing in his fourth semi-final here.
He has won 13 of his last 14 Rotterdam matches.
Krajinovic saved a handful of match points top hold for 5-all in the second set but was done in by a tiebreaker as Monfils sent over an ace to win it after one and three-quarter hours.
“I knew I would have to come up with a big game and that’s what I did,” the winner said.
“I’m very happy.
“It means a lot for me to repeat the final, I hope to be 100 per cent tomorrow and give it a shot.”
Monfils said his contest with Aliassime will be “interesting.”
“He’s already in the Top 20 and playing well, I expect a hard match.”