Felix Auger-Aliassime to Reach Highest Career Ranking, Close to Replace Roger Federer After US Open 2021

Published 09/07/2021, 11:57 PM EDT
Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada defeats Frances Tiafoe of the United States (not pictured) on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


An eventful US Open continues as day 9 came, being the bearer of bad news. Headlining tonight’s action from the Flushing Meadows were the young guns, Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Promising a thrilling contest, the two Gen Z stars took to the courts of New York. However, what came following was agony for one, but ecstasy for another.

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Canadian sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime took on history maker Carlos Alcaraz in an enticing quarter-final clash. Notably, when the two stars locked horns, they sent flames across the New York skyline, putting on a classic show for a packed stadium. However, the result of their highly anticipated match was rather heartbreaking, with the Spaniard retiring from the game in the second set, citing injury concerns.

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Respecting the 18-year-old and his decision to play it safe, the crowd gave Alcaraz a thumping ovation. Although, what would this mean for Felix?

You deserve it champ

Undoubtedly, Felix was equally disappointed with the unfortunate ending of their clash. Notably, he was playing in the form of his life, beating the Spanish teenager in the first set. However, with Carlos now out of the tournament, and Felix on his way to the US Open semi-finals, he makes history en route.

With that win, youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime will move up to his highest career ranking yet, becoming World No. 11. He will remain just one game away from entering the top 10 players list for the first time. Notably, this would mean that he stands a chance of replacing the legendary Roger Federer.

Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) reacts during a match against Matteo Berrettini (ITA) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Felix’s remarkable journey continues in the tournament. He sets himself up for yet another intense outing against World No.2 Daniil Medvedev.

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Can Felix Auger-Aliassime bag the ultimate prize?

The 2021 US Open is best described as the year a new era began in tennis. As veterans of the game bow out, one by one, and the generational talent steals the spotlight from them, fans relish these magic moments of history. Felix will now gear up for his first Grand Slam semi-final, but is certain this won’t be his last.

Mar 28, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada serves 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

Although, battling this youthful exuberance is the likes of Daniil Medvedev and a man on a mission, Novak Djokovic. Hence, the road ahead is tough. Felix undoubtedly is one of the most promising faces on the circuit. However, does he have what it takes to topple the greats of the game?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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