The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

stringertom

Bionic Poster
First match Aussie career Challenger grinder opponent trend continues at RG for Félix...from Lyon and Millman to RG and Thompson. 2R is Ivo/FeLo and a most likely encounter with the tall Argentine Ponyman if he gets to 3R.
 

EasyGoing

Professional
He should win this one. Not sure what happened against Johnson, Felix was coasting really confortably on his serve and threatening Steve on return until losing that break. Then it just got a bit strange but luckily he recoevered.

Basil is a ball-basher and he could overpower Felix, but then again he is more likely to take himself out by going for too much.
 

Nabs

New User
He should win this one. Not sure what happened against Johnson, Felix was coasting really confortably on his serve and threatening Steve on return until losing that break. Then it just got a bit strange but luckily he recoevered.

Basil is a ball-basher and he could overpower Felix, but then again he is more likely to take himself out by going for too much.
Basil is a very very tough customer, and he is tidy as well. Doesn't make a lot of unforced errors like FAA does.

any livestreams please?
If you have an Amazon Prime membership you can watch it on that, it's included.
 

EasyGoing

Professional
Yp, I quite obviously read it wrong so far. Thought Felix would be better at returning those bombs. Yet to make inroads on Basil’s serve and is now two points from basically going out
 

EasyGoing

Professional
He really needed to up the aggression. It was
all too easy for Basil. That 3 BP’s saved in a row really gave Felix the 2nd set.
 

romeo8880

G.O.A.T.
Just young and not smart. Hopefully he’ll learn sooner rather than later that you don’t play a tournament the week before a slam
 

EasyGoing

Professional
Strangely enough Felix’s movement seemed ever so slightly hampered but he got out of a tricky BP situation with a couple of aces. Then he breaks with the help of some good shotmaking and Basil going a bit off the boil. Just 2 holds of serve away now but he could still lose.
 

Nabs

New User
Yeah, its interesting speculating how good Felix is going to be. He's only 18. He is going to get better, we don't know how much better. He has a lot of great qualities. He could be the chosen one.

The big 4, if you look at their early career, just starting out, they did have incredible defence. This might be one thing Felix lacks relative to all this other qualities.
 
Yeah, its interesting speculating how good Felix is going to be. He's only 18. He is going to get better, we don't know how much better. He has a lot of great qualities. He could be the chosen one.

The big 4, if you look at their early career, just starting out, they did have incredible defence. This might be one thing Felix lacks relative to all this other qualities.
I don’t know, he showed some great defence in some of those rallys where basilashvilli was just hammering the ball. He’s already a terrific mover on the court.
 
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Yeah, its interesting speculating how good Felix is going to be. He's only 18. He is going to get better, we don't know how much better. He has a lot of great qualities. He could be the chosen one.

The big 4, if you look at their early career, just starting out, they did have incredible defence. This might be one thing Felix lacks relative to all this other qualities.
Yeah I think he'll definitely improve and is already showing consistency that you would expect from a player solidly in the top 20. Although I'm wary of getting too excited - we've seen young players show insane early promise only to completely flatline the rest of their career (i.e Gasquet)
 

Joseph_K

Professional
By beating Nikoloz Basilashvili earlier today to reach the final of the ATP tournament in Lyon, Felix has guaranteed himself a new career high singles ranking of no. 22. He will therefore displace his good friend Shapo as the Canadian no. 2 next week. A win for Felix tomorrow in the final against Benoit Paire would put the Canadian at no. 21 in the world, just three places behind the Canadian no. 1, Milos Raonic, who will drop one place to no. 18 when the new rankings are issued next Monday.

Raonic has pulled out of this year's French Open due to injury, but Felix will be making his debut in the main singles draw in Paris next week. Felix could therefore become the new Canadian no. 1 if he does well at Roland Garros.
 
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InvisibleSoul

Hall of Fame
By beating Nikoloz Basilashvili earlier today to reach the final of the ATP tournament in Lyon, Felix has guaranteed himself a new career high singles ranking of no. 22. He will therefore displace his good friend Shapo as the Canadian no. 2 next week. A win for Felix tomorrow in the final against Benoit Paire would put the Canadian at no. 21 in the world, just three places behind the Canadian no. 1, Milos Raonic, who will drop one place to no. 18 when the new rankings are issued next Monday.

Raonic has pulled out of this year's French Open due to injury, but Felix will be making his debut in the main singles draw in Paris next week. Felix could therefore become the new Canadian no. 1 if he does well at Roland Garros.
Felix is also #11 in the 2019 ATP race, and would go to #9 if he wins tomorrow.

He would have to do exceptionally well at Roland Garros to displace Raonic though... I think he would have to make the semifinals.
 
By beating Nikoloz Basilashvili earlier today to reach the final of the ATP tournament in Lyon, Felix has guaranteed himself a new career high singles ranking of no. 22. He will therefore displace his good friend Shapo as the Canadian no. 2 next week. A win for Felix tomorrow in the final against Benoit Paire would put the Canadian at no. 21 in the world, just three places behind the Canadian no. 1, Milos Raonic, who will drop one place to no. 18 when the new rankings are issued next Monday.

Raonic has pulled out of this year's French Open due to injury, but Felix will be making his debut in the main singles draw in Paris next week. Felix could therefore become the new Canadian no. 1 if he does well at Roland Garros.
There is a good gap between him in the live rankings in 22nd and Bautista Agut in 21st, so no, he would remain 22nd even if he won tomorrow. In fact, assuming everyone else around him got exactly the same result as they did at last year's RG, even reaching the third round would not be enough for him to move past Bautista Agut, and to reach the 4th round, he would have to beat Del Potro. Raonic is still out of reach at the moment. Félix has more than 200 points over Raonic in the race, however.

It's going to be interesting after RG, too. Félix will have points to defend and is not very familiar with grass, so it will be Shapo's turn to have an edge with the surface. ;)

In any case, pinch me someone... I was hoping Félix would reach the top 100 earlier than he did, but I never, ever expected to find him so close to the top 20 before turning 19.

Kind of off topic for today, but relevant to an earlier discussion:

I just watched that vid, it's true he sounds more French. I also saw a video from 2 years later where he sounds québécois. During his recent appearance on a Quebec talk-show his accent was mostly québécois, but said a few things with a more French pronounciation, the way he said "d"s and "t"s in words like "aujourd'hui" and "tu", quebecers would sound more like "ajourd'zhui" and "tsu". Interesting observation, thanks.
FÉLIX AUGER-ALIASSIME, LA NOUVELLE ATTRACTION DE ROLAND-GARROS
Son accent ne ressemble en rien à celui de Céline Dion. À en oublier presque qu’il est québécois. « J’ai toujours aimé jouer avec les accents et avec les langues. Je m’adapte aux interlocuteurs. Mais je jure en québécois quand je m’énerve sur le court. Ça vient naturellement », sourit Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Translation:
His accent sounds nothing like Céline Dion's. It is almost to forget he is Québécois. "I've always liked to play with accents and languages. I adapt to my interlocutor. But I swear in Québécois when I get angry on the court. It comes naturally", smiles Félix Auger-Aliassime.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Felix is doing remarkable things right now. But, it's easy to rise in the rankings when you have no points to defend. Denis rose 200 points in only a few months and to me, what's remarkable is he's maintained his status in the top 25. That's much harder. We won't really know what Felix is capable of until he's played for a few years. Then, we can say much more firmly how good he is. A lot of young players have made a big splash their first year on the tour, only to fizzle out and become quite average, or they fall apart completely. I'm not saying that will happen to Felix, and I hope it doesn't. But, we're getting way ahead of ourselves here by saying he'll be in London, or he'll win this or that. Even if he wins tomorrow, it's only a small 250. Let's wait and see what he does in big tournaments consistently over time. Then, we can have a solid opinion. Right now, it's too early.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Felix is doing remarkable things right now. But, it's easy to rise in the rankings when you have no points to defend. Denis rose 200 points in only a few months and to me, what's remarkable is he's maintained his status in the top 25. That's much harder. We won't really know what Felix is capable of until he's played for a few years. Then, we can say much more firmly how good he is. A lot of young players have made a big splash their first year on the tour, only to fizzle out and become quite average, or they fall apart completely. I'm not saying that will happen to Felix, and I hope it doesn't. But, we're getting way ahead of ourselves here by saying he'll be in London, or he'll win this or that. Even if he wins tomorrow, it's only a small 250. Let's wait and see what he does in big tournaments consistently over time. Then, we can have a solid opinion. Right now, it's too early.
ATP500 Rio final, ATP M1K Miami SF (from qualies), now another final. Big steps in 3 months. A title, even at a “small 250” would be UUUGGGEEE. Before Zedraffe won his first title it had been more than 8 years (right, @vive le beau jeu ! ?) since a teen had won at ATP level (Cilic at New Haven in ‘08).

Tomorrow is big.
 
ATP500 Rio final, ATP M1K Miami SF (from qualies), now another final. Big steps in 3 months. A title, even at a “small 250” would be UUUGGGEEE. Before Zedraffe won his first title it had been more than 8 years (right, @vive le beau jeu ! ?) since a teen had won at ATP level (Cilic at New Haven in ‘08).

Tomorrow is big.
you're correct about the drought ;)
between 2008 (nishikori + delpo x4 + cilic) and 2016 (letsgoyelling ziraffe), there wasn't any teen finalist (the "anti-@Meles" age) ... whereas we had at least one every year between 1970 and 2008 ! :oops:

cf. this thread, dedicated to the drought:
you may not remember it (as it happened during particularly dark times) but the last teenager to reach a final on the tour was... cilic in 2008 ! :confused:
(whereas there had always been at least one each year since 1970 !)



coric just reached the final in chennai at 19.
is it just a spark in the cosmic darkness or a sign of a new trend ?...
PS: allez félix !!! :D
 
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BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
So excited that Felix has made the final and has a chance (and a fairly good chance at that) to win his first title. I don't care if it's "only" a 250, Roger's first title came at a 250 in Milan and he was a year older than Felix is now. This will be good for Felix's confidence going forward. Can't wait to see how he does on grass.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
So excited that Felix has made the final and has a chance (and a fairly good chance at that) to win his first title. I don't care if it's "only" a 250, Roger's first title came at a 250 in Milan and he was a year older than Felix is now. This will be good for Felix's confidence going forward. Can't wait to see how he does on grass.
That serve will be a grass weapon! To smooth off any other rough edges might take a season or two.
 
Even if he wins tomorrow, it's only a small 250. Let's wait and see what he does in big tournaments consistently over time. Then, we can have a solid opinion. Right now, it's too early.
"Even if Felix wins Wimbledon, it's only ONE slam. Let's see if he can win another 19 straight. Then, we can have a solid opinion."

The fact that he made two finals in the last four months at age 18 is already incredible progress for someone his age. I don't understand why you're not giving him much credit at all for some really big steps he's been making in a very short amount of time
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
ATP500 Rio final, ATP M1K Miami SF (from qualies), now another final. Big steps in 3 months. A title, even at a “small 250” would be UUUGGGEEE. Before Zedraffe won his first title it had been more than 8 years (right, @vive le beau jeu ! ?) since a teen had won at ATP level (Cilic at New Haven in ‘08).

Tomorrow is big.
I don't say it's not a great accomplishment. It is. And yes a title would be wonderful. Let's not compare him with Federer just yet. And as far as I'm concerned I don't get into what he'll do and what he won't do. And I certainly haven't given up on Denis like some have.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
"Even if Felix wins Wimbledon, it's only ONE slam. Let's see if he can win another 19 straight. Then, we can have a solid opinion."

The fact that he made two finals in the last four months at age 18 is already incredible progress for someone his age. I don't understand why you're not giving him much credit at all for some really big steps he's been making in a very short amount of time
I give him great credit for this. But, I've been watching tennis for fifty years! I've seen a lot of young talent come and go in that time. Many youngsters start out big only to fizzle very soon after. The measure of a person's accomplishments are over time, and certainly not a few months. I recall when some fans said Zverev would be a bigger star than Federer, etc. And then others along the way. You have to take everything into account. The Rio run was great but remember, big players lost early which was a huge help for him. This week has been excellent. I agree w/ that. Still, we won't know what he's capable of for several years. I don't know if he's good on grass as I've never seen him play on that surface. Right now, I'm cautiously optimistic.
 
Congrats on another final Felix! Now take it home!

Even if he doesn't, this was good for him. He's really young. If there's any time to play a tournament the week before a Slam and cram in as much match play and experience as possible, it's at 18 years of age. He'll be fine.
 

EllieK

Professional
I think Felix will win this. I'm excited about
His tennis going forward. He's already beaten his contemporaries, including Tsitsipas and Shapovalov.
 

gogo

Hall of Fame
Well done Felix!

I have to say that I am concerned about the groin injury. There were a few times where I caught him moving gingerly. Tomorrow's final will tell us more. I got the sense that toward the end of the match Felix wasn't going for the shots that required the 'Djoko splits'. Hopefully, with a couple of days' rest he can shake it.
 
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vernonbc

Legend
This is bananas. Only 18 and two finals already and now knocking on the door of the top 20. Incredibly impressive when you realize that he started the year ranked 108. He's moving faster up the ranking than my Top Spin character lol
Last year at this time, going into Roland Garros, FAA was ranked at #178. Incredible rise in his rankings in just one year. :)
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
@Mainad and I did the numbers grind and he’s 19 days older than Muzziah on the occasion of his second final but Nadal surpasses both with a final at 17 and change and his first title some two months after turning 18, just a year before Muzziah logged his first final. Of course he also won his first slam shortly after turning 19 as part of his 11-title binge at ages 18/19 in calendar year 2005.
 
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