Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime prepares to serve against Spain's Rafael Nadal during their fourth round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, May 29, 2022. Auger-Aliassime is out of the Libema Open grass-court tennis tournament after being upset in the semifinals by  Tim van Rijthoven of the Netherlands on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Thibault Camus

Auger-Aliassime suffers shock defeat to world No. 205 in Libema Open semifinals

’S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands — Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime is out of the Libema Open grass-court tennis tournament after being upset in the semifinals by Tim van Rijthoven of the Netherlands on Saturday.

Van Rijthoven, ranked 196 places lower than world No. 9 Auger-Aliassime in the ATP rankings, denied the Canadian a chance to play for his second Tour win with a 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5) victory.

The Dutch player broke Auger-Aliassime in the sixth game of the first set to take a 4-2 lead. He held serve the rest of the way, winning on his first set-point chance.

Auger-Aliassime, seeded second at the tournament, responded with a dominant performance in the second set. He converted two early breaks to take a 5-1 lead, then tied the match at one set apiece by converting his first set point.

Van Rijthoven and Auger-Aliassime held serve throughout the third set, resulting in a tiebreak. Van Rijthoven won three straight points to take a 6-3 lead and set up match point. Auger-Aliassime won the next two points on serve to cut into the lead before his Dutch opponent put the match away.

Van Rijthoven broke Auger-Aliassime just once in seven chances, but that proved to be enough as he was able to hold serve in the first and third sets.

Auger-Aliassime converted two of his three break-point chances.

Van Rijthoven will face the winner of a semifinal between top seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia and France’s Adrian Mannarino in Sunday’s final.