‘Roger Federer was my idol’ – Auger-Aliassime downs Swiss legend

Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated his ‘idol’ Roger Federer to progress to the quarter-finals in Halle.

The 20-year-old Candian Auger-Aliassime battled back from a set down to defeat Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Federer’s faced a player born in the 2000s for the first time in his career. In fact, Federer turned pro in 1998, a full two years before the young Canadian was even born.

“It’s amazing. An amazing win, I for sure didn’t expect this. Of course I come into the match trying to win but Roger was my idol like many of us growing up. First off, it was a huge honour to play him before he retired and to beat him is something amazing that I have with me. I will cherish as it’s a great moment for me and hopefully I can continue in the tournament.” Auger-Aliassime said in his post-match interview.

“I always thought he would be gone by the time I arrived because he was winning Grand Slams when I was only five-years old so I never expected to play him. I just wanted to be a professional one day, I didn’t think I would get to his level. So now to be on the same court and get the win is an honour for me.”

Felix Auger-Aliassime will face either Jan-Lennard Struff or Marcos Giron in the last eight.

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