The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

Did anybody watch his match with Raonic at IW earlier in the year? That's possibly about as much experience FAA has had with a massive weapon for a serve.
Janowicz at Eckental’17 (indoor HC) Challenger, lost 6&1.

Also, big, not massive servers:
2 losses to Stakhovsky, one due to retirement after that crazy trip from Almaty to Antwerp and a marathon 1R qualies survival. The first was USO’17 qualies.
Losses to Medvedev and Fucsovics at Toronto and Vienna last year, both in three sets.
 
Rats. Felix could have won that. One shaky game in each set did him in but he was competitive the rest of the time. I'll bet he's disappointed in himself. :( Oh well, he earned a few points for qualifying and gained a couple of ranking positions. Allez Felix.
 
Dr. Ivo is one of the hardest 1st round possible, maybe the hardest. Hewitt lost to him in an opening round at a WB I think?

This is a good learning experience for FAA.
Onwards and upwards Felix!
Yes, before Ivo had become an ATP Tour regular he stunned defending champion Hewitt in 1R Wimby’03. fedr still sends the good Dr. a nice Christmas bonus for that favor.

Unfortunately, a pattern of defeat is emerging for Felix when he faces bigger servers but he has time on his side to get that little bit more solid to hold closer to 100% and also to return more effectively. Ivo did not serve Felix off the court (13 aces in 11 service holds) like Kyrgios’ 43 aces in Brisbane vs Harrison. A bit better placement on returns to make his opponents volleys and groundies less forcing would help.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Only 20% return points won. That's bad, even against Karlovic. Karlovic winning over 80% on firsts is standard, but only winning 30% vs the Karlovic 2nd serve is the bigger problem.
 

gogo

Hall of Fame
Only 20% return points won. That's bad, even against Karlovic. Karlovic winning over 80% on firsts is standard, but only winning 30% vs the Karlovic 2nd serve is the bigger problem.
I've got to agree.
I have no problem being patient, since huge expectations have been placed on Felix, but I can't help but worry about his mental state (confidence).

One of Felix' coaches is Frederic Fontang. He seems to be a nice guy, but he was Vasek Pospisil's coach. Vasek needed a way to deal with his confidence issues, and FF couldn't help in the end. I used to pray for Vasek to get a new coach. And now here we have Felix, struggling with confidence issues, and FF is his coach.
FAA needs someone who can help him beyond the technical aspect.

Who should coach him?
 
Pretty harsh on Felix, Ivo "only" serving at 62% 1st serves in, so plenty of looks on the 2nd serve for Felix. Problem was that Ivo has averaging 185-190 kmh on that 2nd serve, and he wasn't being conservative with the placement either. Seemed to me like it was a bit of a statement, Ivo's volleys were tremendous today.

I thought FAA's returns weren't all too bad considering...
 
I really didn't think Félix played badly at all. Aside from the lost service games, where he could have made a difference was not obvious to me. It may just be that many are underestimating Karlovic's level in this match based on how he played on other occasions last year?
 
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I really didn't think Félix played badly at all. Aside from the lost service games, where he could have make a difference was not obvious to me. It may just be that many are underestimating Karlovic's level in this match based on how he played on other occasions last year?
He didn't play bad, I thought he played well even. That was one of Ivo's best matches I've seen in a long time.
 
I really didn't think Félix played badly at all. Aside from the lost service games, where he could have made a difference was not obvious to me. It may just be that many are underestimating Karlovic's level in this match based on how he played on other occasions last year?
What you said makes sense, but those 2 lost service games IS the area that he needs improving on. I'm paraphrasing, but Federer has said that against servers like Karlovic/Isner/Raonic, the priority is not to break their serve but to protect your own. If the breaks come then you take them but ONLY after you've protected your own. If it goes to TBs, and you lose the match, then so be it. With Karlovic's poor return game but not being able to take him to a single TB reflects poorly on Felix, even though he played pretty well overall. As I've said, it's a learning experience for Felix, and he should really try to be ready next time.
 
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What you said makes sense, but those 2 lost service games IS the area that he needs improving on. I'm paraphrasing, but Federer has said that against servers like Karlovic/Isner/Raonic, the priority is not to break their serve but to protect your own. If the breaks come then you take them but ONLY after you've protected your own. If it goes to TBs, and you lose the match, then so be it. With Karlovic's poor return game but not being able to take him to a single TB reflects poorly on Felix, even though he played pretty well overall. As I've said, it's a learcing experience for Felix, and he should really try to be ready next time.
I was replying after posters expressed concerns over his return game. That doesn't mean I'm minimizing the impact of his mistakes on serve. I'm perfectly aware of what you are pointing out.
 
To me it looked like Felix was cruising to the tie break in the second set when out of no where came the break making it 5-6. Felix might have let it slip away but in no way is this a crushing defeat.
 
To me it looked like Felix was cruising to the tie break in the second set when out of no where came the break making it 5-6. Felix might have let it slip away but in no way is this a crushing defeat.
Yeah. As I said above, I realize that 9 good service games out of 11 will not be enough in many matches at ATP level, but when I look back at 2018, I still feel his serve was so much better overall in that match. He would have had a much better 2018 year had he managed to hit it like this. It was often nowhere to be found. In my mind, how he is serving right now is still an improvement.

Besides, I know we look above in the rankings at Shapovalov, De Minaur and Tsitsipas and many think Félix should be closer, but if you take a look at the rankings by age, where he is right now is extremely impressive. It's easy to forget!
 
Well Ivo is in the final, so I’m gonna say that felix just played against a very good opponent, rather than a crushing defeat.
And even more so now that even the world #6 didn't have an easy time either against this Karlovic. It confirms what I thought I'd seen on Tuesday. It's a good sign. Félix is getting really close. :cool: He's definitely in line for a breakthrough at a tournament or another in 2019.

That's like his defeat against Medvedev in Toronto, who just started rising in the rankings right at that point. I sensed disappointment on the moment, but when we look back now...
 
Absolute **** that he's not getting a WC and instead we the Aussie fodder that solely relies on WC first 1st round prize monies for benefits.
If there were less wildcards, he would have gotten a main draw spot, which would have been even better.

They really have too many wildcards at GS. They shouldn't have so many that they have no trouble making exchanges between federations.
 
I've only seen the match from the tiebreak. Too many too long shots there. Usually, I can feel Félix's presence on the court, but what I saw was underwhelming. He had tape under his left knee and the trainer came for a quick visit (to give him a pill?), so was it just an off day or did an injury hampered him?
 
It's just too bad that he lost but it will be the last time he will have to qualify for a Slams if he continues to get some challengers and 250's to build up his ranking. He has nothing to defend for a long while so good to build up from that.
 
Back in August Felix beat Eubanks in straights in USO R2 qualies and went on to qualify before retiring against Shapo in R1 of the main draw due to a medical issue.

Fast forward to A.O. qualies and they meet again in R2 (corrected) qualies. And F.A.A. loses in straights. Now I don’t know anything about whether he’s having continuing medical issues and I haven’t followed his results in the interim but I am beginning to question his progress. Players like Tsitsipas and Shapo are doing serious damage on tour and racing up the rankings. What’s going on with F.A.A. ? At this stage he should not be losing to a guy like Eubanks at a Major no less.

I know the other two mentioned have much bigger serves which will get you up the rankings faster and F.AA. has an all around game that may take more time to mature but he seems to be stalling. What do you think ?
 
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Back in August Felix beat Eubanks in straights in USO R2 qualies and went on to qualify before retiring against Shapo in R1 of the main draw due to a medical issue.

Fast forward to A.O. qualies and they meet again this time in R1 qualies. And F.A.A. loses in straights. Now I don’t know anything about whether he’s having continuing medical issues and I haven’t followed his results in the interim but am beginning to question his progress. Players like Tsitsipas and Shapo are doing serious damage on tour and racing up the rankings. What’s going on with F.A.A. ? At this stage he should not be losing to a guy like Eubanks at a Major no less.

I know the other two mentioned have much bigger serves which will get you up the rankings faster and F.AA. has an all around game that may take more time to mature but he seems to be stalling. What do you think ?
This was a second round match, but still it is disappointing. It may be two years before he begins to realize his potential (or doesn't) , or he could break out at the next tournament, and all this will be mostly forgotten. Thankfully, there are some other young players doing well.
 
FAA should join Nadal's academy or somehow come under tutelage to approximate Nadal's beginnings.

i'm telling you, he's the closest i've seen to a Nadal successor.
 
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