‘I’m happy I did it this year’ – Felix Auger-Aliassime on breaching the top 10
Felix Auger-Aliassime snuck into the ATP Top 10 at his last opportunity in 2021 following a run to the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open.
The young Canadian joined contemporaries Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov in breaking into the top 10 of the ATP rankings for the first time in his career.
Raonic first broke the top 10 in 2013, while Shapovalov achieved the feat in September 2020.
“It is very big,” Ahger-Aliassime told the ATP tour of the milestone. “It was one of my goals at the start of this year. I had to go from far as I was number 21 in the world.
“So it wasn’t a given that I would finish inside the top 10. It was also down to circumstances.
“But it’s tennis, it is what it is. For my part, I’m happy with the progress that I have made this year and where my level is at.
“I’m happy with this milestone is now behind me and I am a part of the top 10.”
After Jannik Sinner dropped out of the top 10 to 11th this week, 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime is now the youngest player in the ATP top 10.
“It’s always good to check off goals on my bucket list as a young player,” Auger-Aliassime continued.
“Of course, the top 100 for the first time, then I got rapidly into the top 20. For me, it was kind of like, ‘When will the top 10 come?
“Sometimes it goes fast, other times it takes longer than you think. But I’m happy this year I was able to make it, especially after the US Open I had, and also Wimbledon.
“I felt like maybe, ‘I’ve got a shot at this before the finishing the year.'”
Auger-Aliassime has improved his career-bests at three of the four Slams by reaching the fourth round, quareter-finals and semi-finals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open respectively in 2021.
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