The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

gogo

Hall of Fame
Come on ARV! Tire Cuevas out! I want FAA to have a chance in the semis.
(But truth be known, I'm a fan of the man from Uruguay. I visited Buenos Aires a few years ago and didn't quite manage to fit a trip in across the river to Uruguay. It struck me as the small country squashed between the behemoths of Argentina and Brazil. As a Canadian I can relate to living beside a behemoth.)
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Come on ARV! Tire Cuevas out! I want FAA to have a chance in the semis.
(But truth be known, I'm a fan of the man from Uruguay. I visited Buenos Aires a few years ago and didn't quite manage to fit a trip in across the river to Uruguay. It struck me as the small country squashed between the behemoths of Argentina and Brazil. As a Canadian I can relate to living beside a behemoth.)
You are larger (150K sq km) than your “behemoth” neighbor. We can’t help it if y’all can’t get enough crazies into ice fishing and nose rubbing.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Come on ARV! Tire Cuevas out! I want FAA to have a chance in the semis.
(But truth be known, I'm a fan of the man from Uruguay. I visited Buenos Aires a few years ago and didn't quite manage to fit a trip in across the river to Uruguay. It struck me as the small country squashed between the behemoths of Argentina and Brazil. As a Canadian I can relate to living beside a behemoth.)
You got your wish...going three! Now we need a TB set to really wear out the winner!
 

gogo

Hall of Fame
Y’all should have outbid Seward for Alaska and you would really be a lot bigger!
Hey, my great grandfather was born in Newfoundland, and it didn't 'belong' to Canada until 1949. Who cares about Alaska?? :-D

And, he had some African DNA in him. I now know that I relate to some distant African-American cousins in the southern US. I'm the palest 'Scottish' ancestor ever, but I am totally embracing my African-American ancestors.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Hey, my great grandfather was born in Newfoundland, and it didn't 'belong' to Canada until 1949. Who cares about Alaska?? :-D

And, he had some African DNA in him. I now know that I relate to some distant African-American cousins in the southern US. I'm the palest 'Scottish' ancestor ever, but I am totally embracing my African-American ancestors.
A very young stringytom once took a gander at Newfoundland on a refuel stop at their capital’s airport. It was summer and still broad daylight in late evening and not a parka to be seen.

The two old pros are doing their best to drain the winner for our teen hope. On serve halfway through the third and more than two hours committed to the struggle.
 

gogo

Hall of Fame
A very young stringytom once took a gander at Newfoundland on a refuel stop at their capital’s airport. It was summer and still broad daylight in late evening and not a parka to be seen.

The two old pros are doing their best to drain the winner for our teen hope. On serve halfway through the third and more than two hours committed to the struggle.
'once took a "Gander"....

Hey, did you ever get to watch the Broadway show, 'Come from Away' ? It was about the amazing community of Gander, who hosted so many people from international flights on 9/11 ?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
'once took a "Gander"....

Hey, did you ever get to watch the Broadway show, 'Come from Away' ? It was about the amazing community of Gander, who hosted so many people from international flights on 9/11 ?
No, but a movie version is in the works. Perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to see it.
 
What a great match from felix. His forehand is so great and also has so much variety . He can generate power and make angles out of almost nothing from it.

He needs to be the aggressor in the Cuevas match and dictate play rather than letting Cuevas dictate. It’ll definetly be the toughest match he will have in this tournament .
 

raph6

Semi-Pro
WOW,,, I think now he could be a REAL threat to nadal at French open.............. What if he beats Nadal at the French and make all the Nadal fans go home crying and whining and all depressed ?????????
It's too soon, he doesn't have the firepower and the stamina to do it.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
So, Serbia's Laslo Djere has reached his first ATP 500 singles final after his semi-final opponent, the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, withdrew from the tournament due to injury earlier today. Djere will therefore be the one to face either FAA or the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in tomorrow's final. If the young Canadian is able to play as well as he did at times in his quarter-final win over Jaume Munar yesterday, and not to have any lapses on serve, then he certainly has a good chance of reaching his first singles final at this level.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
59 NCH (103) Félix Auger-Aliassime18.5 CAN3 834 +45 +294 Rio de Janeiro F (QF )- 1034 1034
with real chances for #42 tomorrow.
Amazing progression in one week.

Place to the youth.
The right tournament at the right time, with only FAA playing lights out.
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
His competition in Rio could have been at a Challenger tournament, so Felix is very fortunate to have all these points. It will make things a lot easier for him - direct entry into nearly everything he wants to play beginning in 6 weeks.
 

vernonbc

Legend
Come again?

80% of his futures and challenger wins were on clay
But that just shows how much talent this kid has that he has won so much on clay which is definitely not his best surface. Imagine what he could have done if he had played his Future and Challenger matches on hard, but credit to his coaches for convincing him to expand his game and work on clay.
 

TripleATeam

Legend
Felix straight set everyone until the semifinals, where he faced clay veteran Cuevas, who only managed to take one set off him. Now he's up against a player that has a career high of 83. This may be Felix's chance.

If he wins this, he'll be #42 in the world, just behind Wawrinka.
 

vernonbc

Legend
His competition in Rio could have been at a Challenger tournament, so Felix is very fortunate to have all these points. It will make things a lot easier for him - direct entry into nearly everything he wants to play beginning in 6 weeks.
Oh B.S. Felix beat #15 Fognini (who is a very good clay court player) and then Munar who has been hot these past few months and now one of the best clay court players in the world in Cuevas. That's not Challenger level competition. Don't minimize what the kid has accomplished - he deserves mucho credit for what he's done.
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
Oh B.S. Felix beat #15 Fognini (who is a very good clay court player) and then Munar who has been hot these past few months and now one of the best clay court players in the world in Cuevas. That's not Challenger level competition. Don't minimize what the kid has accomplished - he deserves mucho credit for what he's done.
Of course he deserves credit. He deserves credit for winning Challenger tournaments at this stage of his career. But his competition has been relatively weak for a 500 level tournament, and he's very fortunate to have so many points for these wins. Apart from Fognini, who is a nutbar who may or may not try, this is not the A list of the ATP. The final definitely could be a Challenger final. We're not talking Queens or Halle level here. It doesn't mean Felix does not deserve credit for making a final.
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
That's a bit unfair to Félix. Fabio Fognini is currently no. 16 in the world and Pablo Cuevas has been as high as no. 19. Credit where credit is due.
The competition has been ATP 3rd tier and lower. It's OK. Felix still has done great. Top tier are major winners, then there is the Raonic, Nishikori, etc. tier. All his opponents have been below those two categories.
 

mule250

Professional
The competition has been ATP 3rd tier and lower. It's OK. Felix still has done great. Top tier are major winners, then there is the Raonic, Nishikori, etc. tier. All his opponents have been below those two categories.
You're right, quite a weak field really. But you still have to win those matches! Looking like a great decision to play the mini clay swing with it's relatively softer competition.
 
You're right, quite a weak field really. But you still have to win those matches! Looking like a great decision to play the mini clay swing with it's relatively softer competition.
Yeah winning a big tournament is as much mental as the physical side. Doesn’t matter if you’re playing a weaker competitor , it’s still a prestigious tournament , which can be a springboard for greater things.

I don’t know much about the first titles for nadal, Federer or Djokovic . Maybe they also had an easy draw?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Yeah winning a big tournament is as much mental as the physical side. Doesn’t matter if you’re playing a weaker competitor , it’s still a prestigious tournament , which can be a springboard for greater things.

I don’t know much about the first titles for nadal, Federer or Djokovic . Maybe they also had an easy draw?
fedr had to beat Kafelnikov (just two years removed from AO title and #1 ranking) and Ivanisevic (months before his Wimby title) back to back in the QFs and SFs. Milan indoor carpet 2001.

The Nadal beat one top 10 player (Mantilla) and a couple of top 20 players (Acasuso and Squillari). Sopot clay 2004.

Joe Kovic beat post-prime Coria and Massu in the SFs/final. Amersfoort clay 2006.
 

AMGF

Professional
It’s not like it’s his fault Thiem, Cecchinato and Schwartzman all got eliminated in the first round. He took care of the 2nd seed and as such got to ride the 2nd seed « easier draw ».

Btw all four semi-finalists were the four that eliminated the 4 first seeds. It’s as fair as it gets.

Huge kudo to FAA. He still hits a lot of UE but at least he backs this off with a whole lot of winners. There are gonna be ups and downs, he’s only 18. But he really showed a lot of calm this week. The future looks bright for Felix.
 
I don’t know much about the first titles for nadal, Federer or Djokovic . Maybe they also had an easy draw?
Even if they didn't, they might have had an "easy" draw prior to their first title that they could have capitalized on, but it got lost to history because they did not make it out of the early rounds and perhaps only they, their coaches and 2-3 fans noticed what could have been, "if only".

Capitalizing on the chances you have is everything. There were 30 other players in that draw who couldn't.
 
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