Felix Auger-Aliassime, 21, acknowledged that losing two consecutive ATP finals was “difficult mentally,” but he always attempted to have a good outlook and to give himself motivation to improve upon his previous performance. In Rio de Janeiro in February 2019, Auger-Aliassime made it to his first ATP final.
Laslo Djere defeated Auger-Aliassime in a set and a half there. Auger-Aliassime lost his subsequent seven ATP finals after dropping his debut. Then, after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in this year’s Rotterdam final, Auger-Aliassime won his first ATP championship.
“Each time I lost one of those finals, it was difficult mentally, but I vowed to change this year as a player. That implies that I’ll attempt to play a better match, and I’ll try to play better tennis in the finals.
According to Auger-Aliassime, who spoke with the ATP website, “I really felt like I was able to put all those negative things to the side, really focus on the positive, be enthusiastic, and approach a match with a lot of confidence.
Auger-Aliassime achieving a top-10 ranking
For the first time in his career, Auger-Aliassime entered the top 10 players in January. The ninth-ranked player in the world is Auger-Aliassime. Auger-Aliassime acknowledged, “It was a tremendous relief for me and my team.”
Auger-Aliassime acknowledges he now has even more ambitious aims after winning his first ATP title and climbing into the top-10. At this point, Auger-Aliassime is undoubtedly aiming to win a Grand Slam and take the top rank. Auger-Aliassime emphasized, “My aspirations are now considerably higher.”
In the meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime will take part in this week’s ATP tournament in Los Cabos. The second-seeded player in Los Cabos, Auger-Aliassime, receives a first-round bye. In the round of 16, Auger-Aliassime will either face John Millman or qualifier Alex Hernandez. It remains to be seen if Auger-Aliassime can clinch his second ATP title this week on the hard courts of Los Cabos.