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‘It was a tough loss but still a great memory’, says Felix Auger-Aliassime on 2019 Miami run

Felix Auger-Aliassime has reflected on his run to the semi-finals of the 2019 Miami Open – his best Masters 1000 result.

The Canadian – who was an 18-year-old qualifier at the event – made the last four after wins against Casper Ruud, Marton Fucsovics, Hubert Hurkacz, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Borna Coric.

He was narrowly beaten in two tiebreak sets by John Isner – after serving for both sets.

“It was special and I’m more impressed with myself today than I was two years ago,” said Auger-Aliassime in an interview with ATP Tennis TV.

“I now know how difficult it is to make semi-finals of a Masters.

“At the time I thought: ‘Okay, I’ve made the first one, and maybe I’ll do a couple of other (Masters 1000 semi-finals) in the next two, three years, and you realise it’s not that easy.

“You need to have a high level, and circumstances happened two years ago that I just played a great level and I was able to beat the opponents I played.

“Honestly, it was quite an impressive week when I look back at what I’ve done, and I’m happy to be back here because – when you’re in a tournament where you’ve had good memories and feel good about the place – it just feels better.”

The world No. 18 added on his semi-final against Isner: “It was a good memory because you know, semi-finals, and starting to have a lot of people – it’s a big moment.

“But at the same time, it was frustrating at the time, and for a couple of months after it was a tough memory because I did have a chance serving for both sets.

“I remember clearly how the match happened and it was a tough loss in the end, but still such a good memory of this great run and the great tournament I had.”

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