Felix Auger Aliassime Says Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Will Continue To Be Biggest Challenges Despite Their Injuries

Published 10/08/2021, 10:25 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him in the Men’s Singles Semi Final at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)


Felix Auger Aliassime is one of the best emerging tennis players presently on the tour. For the past couple of years, the Canadian has been performing magnificently. Aliassime reached his first Grand Slam semi-finals at US Open 2021. On his way there, he triumphed over big names such as Frances Tiafoe, Carlos Alcaraz, and Roberto Bautista Agut.

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Just ahead of his first match at Indian Wells, Auger Aliassime talked about the absence of the Big Three. The Canadian firmly believes that whenever they’ll back on the tour, the Big Three will continue to dominate despite their age.

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Felix Auger Aliassime’s take on the Big Three

Felix Auger Aliassime will enter Indian Wells as one of the top contenders for the title. After displaying some impressive performances at US Open, the Canadian is aiming for his first ATP title win at Indian Wells. Recently in an interview, he discussed the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

He said, “It is obvious that we have to think about it since Djokovic, Rafa, and Roger are not there. But I also want to remember that Nole is still number 1, and that when Nadal and Federer come back, I am sure that they will be competitive as they have always been in the past.”

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Canadian further added, “It won’t be easy to beat them. After that, it is also true that there are quite a few young players who are ready to take over, to do everything to be competitive and win the biggest titles.”

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have withdrawn from the competition at Indian Wells.

Felix Auger Aliassime is set to begin his campaign at Indian Wells in a doubles event. The Canadian has paired up with Hubert Hurkacz and will face the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov. This will be Aliassime’s third year at Indian Wells.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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