Félix Auger-Aliassime, entrusted to Roland-Garros

Félix Auger-Aliassime is not one to panic. In the case of a strict confinement announcement, it would not be the kind that would come out of the corner supermarket with a shopping cart full, over the edge, of a series of toilet paper packets and a lot of packets. of pasta. While, from the outside, one might think he was going through a mild crisis after his knockouts at Indian Wells, Miami and Monte-Carlo interspersed with a second round in Marrakech, the Canadian did not panic. No cold, who strives not to ignite in significant victories, also knows how to put things in perspective and find the positive in the most difficult periods.

This is one of the strong points that allowed him to quickly put his tennis on the right. Also confident in his brilliant start to the season – crowning the ATP Cup with Canada, the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, the first title to be won in Rotterdam – he was able to stay confident in his skills without falling head over heels. doubt. As a result, in Madrid, he crushed Cristian Garín – 6/3 6/0 -, before making a short play by Jannik Sinner. If the latter did not appear in its best light, it is also because it was drowned out by the quality of the game of “FAA”. “I played really well, and missed a few more shots than usualanalyzed quebec after this first duel with the italian. I think that’s what made that big difference. ”

“It’s good for my confidence in Roland-Garros”

Stopped in the quarterfinals by an Alexander Zverev who then claimed to have “he has probably played the best game in recent months“After winning 6/3 7/5, the Montreal native, less sharp than in previous days, resumed his march forward the following week. When he entered the clay court fight in Rome, he overtook Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, a Monte Carlo finalist in late April, 4/6 7/6 6/2 after a 3:02 fight. “It is a great victoryhe said at a press conference. Being able to last three hours on clay is good for my confidence. Very exciting at the sight of Roland-Garros.

I feel good physicallyadded. I fought one of the best young clay court players tennis can count on today. He doesn’t play at that level by chance. He’s been playing really well on a regular basis, it’s a big win for me.“Coming to power, the current 9th in the ATP rankings then passed to Marcos Giron before delivering a full match against Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, the fourth of his career in the Masters 1000. Although he was defeated on the 7th / 5/76 After being scrapped for 2:09, he was able to get off the court with his head held high. Very high. his Dantesque quarterfinals with Daniil Medvedev.

“Felix pushed me to raise my level” – Novak Djokovic

I think it was a high level tennisDjokovic commented. I know Félix well, he has been on the circuit for a few years, but we have never had a chance to face him. It’s one thing to train with someone, but it’s another to be in an official match. It has a lethal service, I had a lot of trouble getting it up. Hit all the areas incredibly well with this shot. He also comes back well and moves well. He is a very complete player. It pushed me to raise my level.“Through these recent performances, the 21-year-old prodigy, who has approached 13,000 points for the #FAAPointsForChange project, has demonstrated his ability to challenge the world’s best on clay. Both observers of tennis as himself.

If he reached the junior Roland-Garros final in 2016, in the spring of 15, and lifted two ocher Challenger trophies before the age of 18, that surface so far had only been moderately successful for him on the main circuit. Although he was a finalist in Rio and Lyon in 2019, he recorded a record of 21 wins for 23 losses in crushed brick after Monte Carlo. Thanks to his four consecutive quarter-finals – Barcelona, ​​Estoril, Madrid, Rome – he tipped the scales in a positive light: 28 wins, 27 losses. Above all, the quality of play shown allows him to reach Roland-Garros with confidence to finally be able to cross the first round in the main draw, after a retirement in 2019 and two defeats in early 2020 and 2021. So that he stays in In the Grand Slam quarter-finals, Félix Auger-Aliassime could, this time, sow a wave of panic in the minds of his future rivals in Paris.

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