Carlos Alcaraz - Wimbledon 2023 and Felix Auger-Aliassime - Indian Wells 2021

Felix Auger-Aliassime ‘doesn’t want to let’ Carlos Alcaraz win everything

Felix Auger-Aliassime has revealed that Carlos Alcaraz’s Wimbledon triumph has awoken his ‘competitive side’, as the Canadian reflected on his struggles with a knee injury this year.

Auger-Aliassime had his best ever season in 2022, winning his first four ATP career titles and reached a career-high ranking of No.6.

This enabled him to reach the year-end ATP Finals, but things have not gone quite as well in 2023 with the 22-year-old winning only 52% of his matches.

The No.12 has been struggling with a knee injury, which he claims is now ‘fine’, “Things are much better.”

He continued, “I went to Wimbledon thinking it was going to hold up and I’d be okay. Unfortunately, I felt pain towards the middle of the match. I did what I had to do to heal myself. Right now, my knee is fine. I’m back on the field and I’m ready to fight with the best.”

“When everything is OK physically, I am convinced that I can attack the next tournaments with the same ambitions that I have always had. My standards are not lower.”

Auger-Aliassime was the first player born in the 2000’s to achieve an ATP ranking, but while he was being knocked out in the first round of Wimbledon by a lucky loser, 2003 born Alcaraz went onto beat Novak Djokovic in the final at SW19.

The Canadian has reacted to Alcaraz’s triumph, “It awakens my competitive side. I also allow myself to speak for the other players [on the circuit]. We don’t want to let him win every tournament. It motivates me to do the right things.”

Auger-Aliassime will look to unleash that competitive spirit when he returns to the ATP tour next week in Washington D.C., before heading to his home Masters 1000 event in Toronto.

Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Carlos Alcaraz head-to-head

While Alcaraz has achieved more in his career so far, it is in-fact Auger-Aliassime who has the better of their head-to-head:

Auger-Aliassime vs Alcaraz: 3-1

  1. Auger-Aliassime beat Alcaraz, 6-3 3-1 (retired) (US Open 2021)
  2. Auger-Aliassime beat Alcaraz, 6(3)-7 6-4 6-2 (Davis Cup Finals 2022)
  3. Auger-Aliassime beat Alcaraz, 6-3 6-2 (Basel 2022)
  4. Alcaraz beat Auger-Aliassime, 6-4 6-4 (Indian Wells 2023)

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.