“I Would Like To Dictate”: Felix Auger-Aliassime on His Tactics if He Ever Faces Roger Federer at Wimbledon Championships

Published 06/09/2021, 9:09 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – July 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland during his loss against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men’s Singles Final on Centre Court during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Over the years, Swiss maestro Roger Federer has established himself as a true ambassador of the sport. His dedication in the past two decades has helped him achieve some of the biggest accolades in this beautiful game. Although he has enjoyed tremendous success on the various surfaces, the grass-court is his most preferred choice.

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Recently, Canadian tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime spoke about the Swiss ace and his wish of playing against the legend on the courts at Wimbledon. Interestingly, they both are born on the same day, the 8th of August. He went on to discuss the strategy he’d employ if he were to ever come across Roger Federer on the grass courts. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 18, 2021 Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in action during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

The 20-year-old stated, “Of course, there have been other amazing players who have played on grass like Roger [Federer] as well, and I think Roger would be pretty exciting from the videos I have watched of him. He is such a special and exciting player to watch and I think it would be cool to play him in an event like Wimbledon.”

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Felix Auger-Aliassime has plans when he faces Roger Federer

Usually, it is the Swiss star who dictates the game while playing against his opponent. Well, Felix has other plans and would like to put himself in place of Roger and wishes to be the one controlling the points. He would mix his game up and not just play from the baseline.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during the Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia ( not pictured) at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

The Canadian added, “I would like to dictate because he is going to try and mix it up and come to the net and put pressure on me. I would try and dictate the points and not react to what he is doing to me and play with my stronger shot on his weaker shot and expose that. If I am playing him now, I will try and make him move. If I had to play him it would be two opposing styles.”

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At the moment both players have summed up their clay-court season and are focusing on the short grass-court season. The Candian will play his match tomorrow at the Stuttgart Open whereas the Swiss superstar will be next seen at Halle. It will be interesting to see how they fare in the upcoming weeks.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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