“Every Tournament is Important”: Felix Auger-Aliassime Cites a Major Difference Between Him and Novak Djokovic

Published 08/18/2021, 3:53 PM EDT
Mar 28, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada reaches for a forehand against John Isner of the United States (not pictured) in the third round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime recently advanced to the pre-quarters of the Cincinnati Open 2021. Facing Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the round of 32, the Canadian made an incredible comeback after losing the first set in the tie-breaker. The final scoreline of the match was 6(5)-7(7), 6-3, 6-4.

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In the post-match press conference, Felix Auger-Aliassime encountered a strange yet tough question. He was asked what is the significance of the Cincinnati Masters for him, especially when the US Open 2021 is about two weeks away. Interestingly, the Canadian gave a pretty good response.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021. Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime in action during his quarter final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

“I mean, of course it’s an important event too. I don’t see it as like, Oh, I’m preparing for the US Open,” said Felix.

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Felix revealed that all his attention is on the Cincinnati Masters right now and he is not at all thinking about the US Open 2021. He stated that the Masters event is a really important tournament for him.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime explains how his approach is different from Novak Djokovic ahead of the US Open 2021

Felix took the example of World No.1 Novak Djokovic and highlighted that the US Open 2021 holds a different value to both of them.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

Djoker will be chasing the Calendar Slam and thus, his priority is to win the US Open 2021. On the other hand, Felix is currently just 21 and is yet to win an ATP title. Therefore, every single tournament is important for him- be it a Masters event or a Grand Slam.

“In Djokovic’s case when he’s trying to achieve what he’s trying to achieve, maybe, but at my age and my point of my career, every tournament is important,” added the Canadian player.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime will next face Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the pre-quarters of the Cincinnati Masters 2021. He looks in some great form and fans have huge expectations from him. Will he be able to lift his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati this year?

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