It was only a few weeks ago that the professional collaboration began between the very famous Toni Nadal, Rafa’s uncle, and the young Félix Auger-Aliassime, born in 2000 but already number 20 in the world rankings.
This year, the Canadian beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, James Duckworth and compatriot Denis Shapovalov to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open, his first in Melbourne, only to be defeated by Aslan Karatsev in a fifth set comeback.
Auger-Aliassime has not yet managed to win a title on the major circuit, but has played the final on seven occasions: it happened in Rio de Janeiro, Lyon, Stuttgart, Rotterdam, Marseille, Cologne and Melbourne. Curiously, in none of these cases has he ever managed to win a single set.
Aliassime: “I can’t tell some things”
In an interview also published by the We Love Tennis website, the 20-year-old from Montréal talked about his new collaboration with Toni Nadal, which began at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, in the Principality of Monaco.
He said: “It’s very early, but so far we talked a lot about the direction we want to give to my career, which basically consists of reaching the highest levels and winning the most important tournaments.” Félix then added: “There are also many things that I cannot disclose, but the main one is the consistency he wants me to acquire, as well as the intensity and concentration of my training.
Once we are able to achieve this in every training and every match, I hope that positive results will come as well. He says things that seem simple but are not necessarily easy to do, but they are also the most important things to work on.”
Auger-Aliassime also made the round of 16 at the US Open in 2020, when he was stopped by future champion Dominic Thiem with a score of 7-6 6-1 6-1. Félix recently lost in the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 in Barcelona to Stefanos Tsitsipas with a double 6-3.