Shapovalov sets up ATP showdown with Paul

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Denis Shapovalov has defeated Canadian compatriot and friend Felix Auger-Aliassime to set up a final against American Tommy Paul at the Stockholm Open.

Defending champion Shapovalov had lost both his previous meetings this season against Auger-Aliassime, who sits seven places higher in the rankings at No.11.

But it was the 22-year-old who came out on top in the Swedish capital, finding his very best form at the end of the second set to win 6-4 7-5.

Earlier, in another battle between countrymen, Paul reached his first ATP final with a 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory over Frances Tiafoe.

Tiafoe was looking to reach his second final in three tournaments - after the Erste Bank Open in Vienna two weeks ago - by recording a fourth straight win over Paul since their days in the juniors.

Paul finished the match stronger, though, chasing down a drop shot for a winner on his fourth break point to make it 2-1 in the third set and then losing just two of his next 16 service points.

The 24-year-old, who defeated Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, said on atptour.com: "I haven't got a win over Frances since juniors, so that was a big win for me. That was the best level I've played all year long.

"I tried to have fun, and I ended up playing my best tennis. The more matches I've played, the more comfortable I've played in pressure situations. I've enjoyed playing in front of the big crowds."

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