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Defending champion Tsitsipas through to Open 13 final

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Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates winning a point against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Finals semifinal tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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MARSEILLE, France -- Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the Open 13 final with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Alexander Bublik on Saturday.

The second-seeded Greek had six aces and broke his strong-serving Kazakh opponent’s serve three times, dropping his own once. Playing only his third semifinal at this level, Bublik competed well and hit eight aces.

The 21-year-old Tsitsipas will aim for his fifth career title on Sunday against either seventh-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime or French veteran Gilles Simon, who has 14 titles.

They were playing their semifinal later Saturday.