Never Thought I’d Be Able to Play Him One Day: Felix Auger Aliassime Describes Emotions After Knocking Out Roger Federer at Atp Halle 2021

Published 06/16/2021, 1:40 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


Roger Federer is back after recovering from surgery on his knee and is gearing up to compete at the Wimbledon Championships. However, things are not looking good for the 39-year-old, preparation-wise. Felix Auger Aliassime beat Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the Halle Open 2021, in their round of 16 match. The youngster took only 1h 45m to win the match.

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Felix Auger Aliassime is a 20-year-old tennis player from Canada, with a ranking of No. 21 in the WTA rankings. The young boy from Canada turned pro in 2017 and achieved a career-best ranking of No17 in October 2019.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 13, 2021 Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime reacts during his first round match against Chile’s Cristian Garin REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Auger Aliassime stuns Roger Federer at the Halle Open

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The 20-year-old, who had never faced Federer before, beat his idol in the round of 16 matchup of the tournament. Federer, who was playing on grass court at the tournament, failed to reach the quarterfinals of the Halle Open for the first time in his career.

It’s a great honor to play Federer before he retires and winning, it’s incredible. He was my idol growing up. I never thought I would be able to play him one day. I thought he would be gone when I would be a pro,” said Auger in his post match interview.

The World No21 will cherish this moment forever, as playing and beating his idol was a huge honor for him.

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It’s amazing. An amazing win, I for sure didn’t expect this. Of course I come into the match trying to win but Roger was my idol like many of us growing up. First off, it was a huge honour to play him before he retired and to beat him is something amazing that I have with me. I will cherish as it’s a great moment for me and hopefully I can continue in the tournament,” said Auger to TennisHead.

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Auger will be facing the winner between Jan-Lennard Struff and Marcos Giron, in his quarterfinal match on Thursday. As for Roger Federer, it is time to rest a little and then focus on the Wimbledon Championships 2021, starting from the 28th of June.

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