France's Arthur Fils, 18, ranked 112th in the world, qualified Friday for the final of the ATP tournament in Lyon by beating American Brandon Nakashima, seeded No. 8, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5). He will face Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo in Saturday's final, beating Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-0.
Final y en su casa 🎉😁
Arthur Fils 🇫🇷 jugará en Lyon su primera final, luego de superar a Brandon Nakashima 7-5 4-6 y 7-6#OpenParc pic.twitter.com/TBwC0msW94
— Match Tenis (@MatchTenis) May 26, 2023
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It is a performance that brings back beautiful memories in French tennis, since Fils is the youngest French finalist in an ATP tournament since Richard Gasquet in 2004. the year of Son's birth. Sometimes dominated, Fils showed a remarkable enough going to dismiss many break balls in the first set, before finally getting out of it in the last tie-break despite a big cramp in the left leg, all in a rather crazy atmosphere on the center of the Parc de la Tête d'Or.
Let us hope that there will be enough fuel left for Son to compete with Francisco Cerundolo, whose brother he had beaten recently in Rome. And above all, that he keeps a little for Roland-Garros next week.
- Roland-Garros 2023