Leylah Fernandez and Felix Auger-Aliassime Match Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard’s Record at US Open

Published 09/08/2021, 1:23 AM EDT
Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates a winner against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on day nine of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


As the US Open edges closer to its curtain call, history is about to be written. Notably, right at the heart of the record books lie two youngsters, deserving of all praise and acclaim. Making their country proud, teenager Leylah Fernandez and young gun Felix Auger-Aliassime are on their way to the semi-finals of the US Open 2021.

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The two Canadian athletes have been remarkable throughout the New York-based tournament. Recording one stellar performance after another, they’ve emerged onto the center stage, stealing the spotlight from the veterans.

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Both the stars have booked a place for themselves in the semi-finals of the tournament. Notably, they’ve made history on their triumphant run to the semis of the season finale.

A new record for Leylah Fernandez and Felix Auger-Aliassime

The sensational Leylah Fernandez has been at the heart of headlines, courtesy of her fighting spirit. Throughout the competition, she exhibited sheer dominance and maturity on the court. Not far behind, her fellow Canadian has been equally good in the men’s singles category. Up against a few greats of the game, the two did not bat an eye, aiming for the prize, and playing the best tennis of their lives.

Their recent success means this is the first time two Canadians will feature in the semi-finals of the singles category at the same US Open. Overall, this feat has only been met once by Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard at the 2014 Wimbledon Championship.

The phenomenal Leylah walked into the tournament as a qualifier. However, on her record-breaking journey, she’s tossed a few giants out of the competition. The 19-year-old made headlines, beating defending champion, Naomi Osaka, in a round 3 clash. Even when she faced former World No. 1, Angelique Kerber, Leylah played brilliantly, beating the German star in a thrilling contest.

Her most recent victory came against another WTA Top 5 athlete, Elina Svitolina. Once again, Leylah exhibited confidence, continuing her fine run of form, cruising into the semi-final round after a three set-thriller.

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Sensational stuff

Amidst a few big names, Felix Auger-Aliassime has emerged as a fan favorite. Notably, his journey in the tournament has been nothing short of remarkable. He turned a few heads with his round 3 matchup against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. Beating the veteran in an exciting 5-setter, he set himself up for a clash against American favorite, Frances Tiafoe.

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Even as the crowd favored his opponent, the 21-year-old remained unbothered, focused on winning the game. However, on his way to victory, he beat his opponent and won over the crowd. Felix triumphed in an intense 4-setter, beating the home favorite 6-4, 2-6, 6,-7, 4-6.

Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Felix Auger-Alliassime of Canada (L) shakes hands with Carlos Alcaraz of Spain (R) after Alcaraz is forced to retire with an injury on day nine of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

His highly anticipated clash with Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz ended rather unfortunately. Despite his fine form in the tournament, the 18-year-old retired mid-game, citing injury concerns.

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Next up, Felix prepares to face the experienced Daniil Medvedev. Notably, fans wonder, can the World No. 2 stop Felix’s dream run? or is a final on the cards for the youngster?

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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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