“Our Girlfriends Are Cousins”: Felix Auger-Aliassime Reveals Cordial Relations With Matteo Berrettini Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021 Clash

Published 07/06/2021, 12:46 AM EDT

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20-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime reached his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon Championships 2021. For this, he upset fourth seed Alexander Zverev in a nail-bitting five-setter that ended 6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4. Next, the young Canadian will take on Italian World No.9 Matteo Berrettini, with whom he shares a unique bond.

The Rome native, too, has made it to the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time. However, his first real test of the tournament will come up against one of his best friends on the Tour. But how did Berrettini become friends with Auger-Aliassime? Well, it is certainly not an ordinary story.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime shares insight on relationship with Matteo Berrettini

Since early 2019, Felix Auger-Aliassime, the young aspirant from Canada, has been dating Croatian equestrian Nina Ghaibi. Interestingly, Nina is cousins with Croatian-born Australian tennis professional Ajla Tomljanovic, who also entered the QFs in Wimbledon.

To tie the loose ends, Tomljanovic is dating Matteo Berrettini, completing their small circle.


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Consequently, Felix and Matteo ended up spending time together, from which their friendship blossomed.

“Both our girlfriends are cousins, so it just happens that we spend a lot of time together. He’s one of my best friends on the [ATP] tour. He’s really a great guy,” the Canadian revealed.

Additionally, even Nina is at the All England Club and was present at the fourth-round battle between Tomljanovic and Emma Raducanu. She shared the player’s box with Berrettini, who her boyfriend will play next.

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Above all, the four seemed to have made a fascinating small group of companions. Thus, it would be intriguing to see the two cousins cheer for their beaus in the quarterfinals.

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Who has better chances for Wimbledon SFs: Felix or Matteo?

Given the breathtaking performance against Zverev, the Canadian has proved himself worthy of the place. Moreover, Felix’s impressive service game, along with lightning forehands, can make all the difference in the next match.


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However, the reigning Queen’s champion is on a winning streak on the grass. Not to mention, Berrettini has one of the best forehands in the business currently.

Therefore, it would be a neck-to-neck fight between the two best friends at Wimbledon Championships 2021. Which friend do you think will pass the quarterfinals test?


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Purav Joshi


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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.
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