Five things to know about Auger Aliassime ahead of his Wimbledon quarter-final
Felix Auger Aliassime will take on Matteo Berrettini in his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon after ousting Alexander Zverev in the biggest match of his career.
Ahead of his crunch clash against the Italian, Tennishead looks at five things you should know about the 20-year-old Canadian.
1) Auger Aliassime has reached eight ATP finals but is yet to win a title (and yet to win a set!)
Felix Auger Aliassime has reached a total of eight finals on the ATP tour, but remarkably is still awaiting his first title.
The Canadian star lost three three ATP finals in both 2019 and 2020, and has already lost two finals in 2021 at the hands of British No 1 Dan Evans (Melbourne 2) and more recently Marin Cilic (Stuttgart).
Not only has the Canadian failed to win any of his eight finals, but he has lost all eight finals in straight sets.
2) Roger Federer is his idol, Yannick Noah his dream opponent
The 20-year-old has said that Roger Federer was his idol growing up. The pair trained together in Dubai in 2017 and share a birthday. The Canadian also said that his dream opponent would be Yannick Noah.
The Canadian beat Federer in Halle in their first ever meeting earlier this month and could meet again in a potential Wimbledon semi-final should they win their respective quarter-final ties.
3) Auger Aliassime enjoyed an impressive junior career
Auger Aliassime was making a big impression very early on in his career, winning the Junior US Open in 2016 and finishing as runner-up at the French Open in the same year. Milos Raonic praised his compatriot on Twitter when he was just 14 years old.
Inspiring to see what Félix Auger-Aliassime is doing at only 14 years old. He is going to be fun to follow.
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) July 24, 2015
4) Auger Aliassime is also creative off the court
The young Canadian said that if he wasn’t a tennis player, he would be an artist. Auger Aliassime also plays the piano and enjoys music.
5) The Canadian star does a lot of charity work
In 2020, the 20-year-old pledged to help underprivileged children in Togo by donating $5 to Educhange for each point he won during the season, with BNP Paribas also giving a $15 dollar donation for each point.
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