The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Felix should be beating Millman in his sleep. I watched the match and FAA was spraying errors all over the place, not a good performance. Hopefully Felix will discover his game in time for the AO.
I think you're right, I'd say lay off betting on Felix tonight. Millman might have given an inspired performance that made Felix look bad. Tonight's game will give us a better measure of Felix's current form.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Felix's match against Dusan Lajovic at the ATP Cup on Friday will probably be key in deciding whether Canada reaches the semi-final stage or not. If the young Canadian can somehow rediscover some of the form that took him into the Top 20 last year, then Canada will have a chance regardless of the result of the second singles match, between Shapo and Novak Djokovic. If Felix loses, Canada's task will be so much harder.
 

InvisibleSoul

Hall of Fame
His form is just appalling right now.

Unforced errors left and right on routine balls, and many of them missing by a mile.

Seriously, what is up with FAA?
 

vernonbc

Legend
It's difficult to watch him these last few days. He's lost all his confidence and I just want to go out on the court and give him a big hug. :(
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
FAA saying he had the wrong racket at the ATP Cup for that type of surface among other problems. Trying to get his old racket back.

Article in French

 

Joseph_K

Professional
A very solid, encouraging win for Felix over Australian James Duckworth in second-round action on Wednesday in Adelaide. Striking the ball better and looking more confident than he has for a long time, the Canadian broke serve to lead 4-2 in the first set before serving out to 6-3 three games later.

In the second set Felix was always threatening the Australian's serve with his forceful play, but couldn't quite break through on it. Serving at 5-6, the Canadian saved a set point before completely dominating the tiebreak with some of the most impressive tennis he has played in months. The final score was 6-3, 7-6(0).
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
A very solid, encouraging win for Felix over Australian James Duckworth in second-round action on Wednesday in Adelaide. Striking the ball better and looking more confident than he has for a long time, the Canadian broke serve to lead 4-2 in the first set before serving out to 6-3 three games later.

In the second set Felix was always threatening the Australian's serve with his forceful play, but couldn't quite break through on it. Serving at 5-6, the Canadian saved a set point before completely dominating the tiebreak with some of the most impressive tennis he has played in months. The final score was 6-3, 7-6(0).
I wonder if the racket changed back. Seemed to have better control and he stopped hitting them long every other shot. Service game was impeccable.
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Didn't see any of the match, but FAA completely destroyed Bolt. Five breaks of serve in two sets.
Eye-opener. Sampras-cat-like movement. Takes time away. Big long wind-up on groundies. Still 19.

Equipment question - what Nike shoes?
Nvrmnd... is vapor X.
 
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bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Great athleticism on display. Wins the second set tb.

Great to save a match point during it against Rublev.

Great movement too... going great guns in this match (semi final in Adelaide)
 

InvisibleSoul

Hall of Fame
Felix played very well in a losing match to Rublev....but just didn't seem to land his first serve on the important points.
Summary on point. I started watching from the 2nd set tiebreak. It looked like Felix was playing relatively well, hitting good ground strokes. Certainly way better than what he did at ATP Cup, without a doubt.

Things were looking good when he went up 3-0 in the 3rd, but ultimately got undone by lack of first serves. Credit to Rublev though, he played well to come back to win it.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
The second men’s semi-final on Friday in Adelaide, between Felix and Andrey Rublev, was a thrilling encounter worthy of a final. The Canadian will rue all of the break point chances he had but was unable to take throughout the course of the match, and will regret dropping serve in the third set right after finally breaking his opponent for the first time. Still, he can hold his head high after what was arguably an unexpectedly excellent week, one that augurs well for next week’s first major of the year.

Rublev can rarely have played better himself – the consistent power, depth and variation on his groundstrokes were never less than brilliant. A lesser player would have folded in two sets. The fact that Felix was still fighting hard in the third set, in which he actually led 3-0, says as much for his character as it does for his game.

In the opening set the Canadian saved a break point in the first and seventh games before creating three of his own at 3-4. But it was not to be – with one exception the Rublev serve was as solid as his groundstrokes throughout the match. In the ensuing tiebreak Felix immediately went down a mini-break at 0-1, then fell behind 0-3 before battling back to 5 points-all. However, he lost another service point at 5-6 and that was the first set to Rublev.

The pattern of the second set was similar to that of the first. At 1-all Felix had two break points, but couldn’t convert and had to save a break point to make it 2-all. At 4-4 Felix saved another four break points, and in the next game had Rublev 0-40, but the Russian played five excellent points in a row to leave Felix serving to stay in the match at 4-5. This he did to love, and at 5-6 saved a match point to bring up another tiebreak. Here the Canadian really showed what he was made of, coming back from 1-4 and 3-5 down to go ahead by 6 points to 5. At 6-7 he saved a second match point before taking the set on his second set point at 8-7.

At the beginning of the third set the Canadian was clearly on a high, while Rublev looked rather deflated after missing those two match points. Twelve of the first fifteen points were won by Felix, who looked like a man liberated, especially after breaking Rublev for the first time at 1-0. But the Russian was far from finished and never more dangerous than at this stage of the match. From 0-3 he won twelve of the next fourteen points, breaking Felix to love at 1-3 as he levelled the score at 3-all.

The long eighth game of this last set was crucial. Rublev recovered from 15-30 to 40-30 in it before Felix took it took to deuce. Three points later the Canadian had another break point, but it wasn’t to be. The Russian’s powers of recovery and his ability to hit a forceful shot from a disadvantageous position were never more evident than in this game. Reacting, Felix dropped serve again at 4-all before Rublev held to 30 for game, set and match in the tenth game.

Final score: 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-4
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
The second men’s semi-final on Friday in Adelaide, between Felix and Andrey Rublev, was a thrilling encounter worthy of a final. The Canadian will rue all of the break point chances he had but was unable to take throughout the course of the match, and will regret dropping serve in the third set right after finally breaking his opponent for the first time. Still, he can hold his head high after what was arguably an unexpectedly excellent week, one that augurs well for next week’s first major of the year.

Rublev can rarely have played better himself – the consistent power, depth and variation on his groundstrokes were never less than brilliant. A lesser player would have folded in two sets. The fact that Felix was still fighting hard in the third set, in which he actually led 3-0, says as much for his character as it does for his game.

In the opening set the Canadian saved a break point in the first and seventh games before creating three of his own at 3-4. But it was not to be – with one exception the Rublev serve was as solid as his groundstrokes throughout the match. In the ensuing tiebreak Felix immediately went down a mini-break at 0-1, then fell behind 0-3 before battling back to 5 points-all. However, he lost another service point at 5-6 and that was the first set to Rublev.

The pattern of the second set was similar to that of the first. At 1-all Felix had two break points, but couldn’t convert and had to save a break point to make it 2-all. At 4-4 Felix saved another four break points, and in the next game had Rublev 0-40, but the Russian played five excellent points in a row to leave Felix serving to stay in the match at 4-5. This he did to love, and at 5-6 saved a match point to bring up another tiebreak. Here the Canadian really showed what he was made of, coming back from 1-4 and 3-5 down to go ahead by 6 points to 5. At 6-7 he saved a second match point before taking the set on his second set point at 8-7.

At the beginning of the third set the Canadian was clearly on a high, while Rublev looked rather deflated after missing those two match points. Twelve of the first fifteen points were won by Felix, who looked like a man liberated, especially after breaking Rublev for the first time at 1-0. But the Russian was far from finished and never more dangerous than at this stage of the match. From 0-3 he won twelve of the next fourteen points, breaking Felix to love at 1-3 as he levelled the score at 3-all.

The long eighth game of this last set was crucial. Rublev recovered from 15-30 to 40-30 in it before Felix took it took to deuce. Three points later the Canadian had another break point, but it wasn’t to be. The Russian’s powers of recovery and his ability to hit a forceful shot from a disadvantageous position were never more evident than in this game. Reacting, Felix dropped serve again at 4-all before Rublev held to 30 for game, set and match in the tenth game.

Final score: 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-4
Great summary! That's probably my favourite of Felix's matches so far along with the Roger's Cup 2018 Medvedev match which he also lost and the Indian Well's match against Tsitsipas.
 
The second men’s semi-final on Friday in Adelaide, between Felix and Andrey Rublev, was a thrilling encounter worthy of a final. The Canadian will rue all of the break point chances he had but was unable to take throughout the course of the match, and will regret dropping serve in the third set right after finally breaking his opponent for the first time. Still, he can hold his head high after what was arguably an unexpectedly excellent week, one that augurs well for next week’s first major of the year.

Rublev can rarely have played better himself – the consistent power, depth and variation on his groundstrokes were never less than brilliant. A lesser player would have folded in two sets. The fact that Felix was still fighting hard in the third set, in which he actually led 3-0, says as much for his character as it does for his game.

In the opening set the Canadian saved a break point in the first and seventh games before creating three of his own at 3-4. But it was not to be – with one exception the Rublev serve was as solid as his groundstrokes throughout the match. In the ensuing tiebreak Felix immediately went down a mini-break at 0-1, then fell behind 0-3 before battling back to 5 points-all. However, he lost another service point at 5-6 and that was the first set to Rublev.

The pattern of the second set was similar to that of the first. At 1-all Felix had two break points, but couldn’t convert and had to save a break point to make it 2-all. At 4-4 Felix saved another four break points, and in the next game had Rublev 0-40, but the Russian played five excellent points in a row to leave Felix serving to stay in the match at 4-5. This he did to love, and at 5-6 saved a match point to bring up another tiebreak. Here the Canadian really showed what he was made of, coming back from 1-4 and 3-5 down to go ahead by 6 points to 5. At 6-7 he saved a second match point before taking the set on his second set point at 8-7.

At the beginning of the third set the Canadian was clearly on a high, while Rublev looked rather deflated after missing those two match points. Twelve of the first fifteen points were won by Felix, who looked like a man liberated, especially after breaking Rublev for the first time at 1-0. But the Russian was far from finished and never more dangerous than at this stage of the match. From 0-3 he won twelve of the next fourteen points, breaking Felix to love at 1-3 as he levelled the score at 3-all.

The long eighth game of this last set was crucial. Rublev recovered from 15-30 to 40-30 in it before Felix took it took to deuce. Three points later the Canadian had another break point, but it wasn’t to be. The Russian’s powers of recovery and his ability to hit a forceful shot from a disadvantageous position were never more evident than in this game. Reacting, Felix dropped serve again at 4-all before Rublev held to 30 for game, set and match in the tenth game.

Final score: 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-4
lots of great points in the highlights:
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
The second men’s semi-final on Friday in Adelaide, between Felix and Andrey Rublev, was a thrilling encounter worthy of a final. The Canadian will rue all of the break point chances he had but was unable to take throughout the course of the match, and will regret dropping serve in the third set right after finally breaking his opponent for the first time. Still, he can hold his head high after what was arguably an unexpectedly excellent week, one that augurs well for next week’s first major of the year.

Rublev can rarely have played better himself – the consistent power, depth and variation on his groundstrokes were never less than brilliant. A lesser player would have folded in two sets. The fact that Felix was still fighting hard in the third set, in which he actually led 3-0, says as much for his character as it does for his game.

In the opening set the Canadian saved a break point in the first and seventh games before creating three of his own at 3-4. But it was not to be – with one exception the Rublev serve was as solid as his groundstrokes throughout the match. In the ensuing tiebreak Felix immediately went down a mini-break at 0-1, then fell behind 0-3 before battling back to 5 points-all. However, he lost another service point at 5-6 and that was the first set to Rublev.

The pattern of the second set was similar to that of the first. At 1-all Felix had two break points, but couldn’t convert and had to save a break point to make it 2-all. At 4-4 Felix saved another four break points, and in the next game had Rublev 0-40, but the Russian played five excellent points in a row to leave Felix serving to stay in the match at 4-5. This he did to love, and at 5-6 saved a match point to bring up another tiebreak. Here the Canadian really showed what he was made of, coming back from 1-4 and 3-5 down to go ahead by 6 points to 5. At 6-7 he saved a second match point before taking the set on his second set point at 8-7.

At the beginning of the third set the Canadian was clearly on a high, while Rublev looked rather deflated after missing those two match points. Twelve of the first fifteen points were won by Felix, who looked like a man liberated, especially after breaking Rublev for the first time at 1-0. But the Russian was far from finished and never more dangerous than at this stage of the match. From 0-3 he won twelve of the next fourteen points, breaking Felix to love at 1-3 as he levelled the score at 3-all.

The long eighth game of this last set was crucial. Rublev recovered from 15-30 to 40-30 in it before Felix took it took to deuce. Three points later the Canadian had another break point, but it wasn’t to be. The Russian’s powers of recovery and his ability to hit a forceful shot from a disadvantageous position were never more evident than in this game. Reacting, Felix dropped serve again at 4-all before Rublev held to 30 for game, set and match in the tenth game.

Final score: 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-4
Jeeeez, i went to bed in the 3rd with rublev looking down and out, how'd he pluck that victory outta the hat
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Tennis.com:
Unseeded & Unfazed, Melbourne Day 2: Gulbis outclasses Auger-Aliasime
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Gulbis hadn’t won a main draw match in Melbourne since 2014. That year, he briefly made an appearance inside the Top 10. Now 31, he entered with a ranking of No. 256 after going 6-17 in tour-level matches last season. On the flip side, Auger-Aliassime enjoyed a breakthrough 2019, recording 33 match wins in his first year on tour. He however, struggled to find his footing once the page turned to 2020, going 3-4 at the ATP Cup and Adelaide (No. 96 James Duckworth was the highest-ranked player he defeated).


The Latvian brought three qualifying wins to the clash and with Auger-Aliassime’s inexperience in navigating best-of-five matches, it provided a tremendous opportunity for Gulbis to demonstrate his game can still hang at the top level. The former French Open semifinalist was far more effective on second serve, with a 60% success rate compare to the Canadian’s 46%, and he held his nerve to close out a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory in three hours and 35 minutes. It marked his first Top 25-win in more than a year.


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Ironwood

Professional
From the highlights I saw FAA got out foxed, but his form has been poor lately. He was certainly not at his best at the ATP cup.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
A straight sets defeat for Felix and Shapo earlier today in first-round doubles action at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier where they were unlucky to draw the no. 2 seeds, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, in their opening match. The final score was 6-4 6-4. Felix will take on the qualifier Damir Dzumhur in his opening singles match; the Canadian is the no. 5 seed.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
A straight sets defeat for Felix and Shapo earlier today in first-round doubles action at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier where they were unlucky to draw the no. 2 seeds, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, in their opening match. The final score was 6-4 6-4. Felix will take on the qualifier Damir Dzumhur in his opening singles match; the Canadian is the no. 5 seed.
The doubles match was closer than the score looks, Team Shauger won 55 points to their opponents 58, and they were 0/7 in break points versus 2/9
 
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Joseph_K

Professional
There was much to laud in Felix's performance earlier this evening against Damir Dzumhur in first-round action in Montpellier. This was especially so during what might be called the second half of the match when, from 1-2 in the second set, Felix won eight games in a row to lead 3-0 in the third. Had he won his serve from 40-15 in the next game the Canadian might have taken the final set to love, but a minor wobble, including a double fault, meant he was broken for the second and last time in the match.

Huge serves and crunching ground strokes from Felix had Dzumhur on the defensive for most of the last two sets as the Canadian moved up a gear while his opponent stalled. Felix's return of serve was also impressive during this period. In several of the games Dzumhur had to fight hard just to win a point and in the end the difference in class and confidence was clear.

Final score: 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Losing to Herbert isn't too great.
Did H S-V a lot?
No he didn't and Herbert first serves stats were pretty bad: 51% of first serves in with 9 aces (FAA had 9 aces too). This is a match Felix should win in his sleep, but his play was way too passive. Maybe he needs to examine getting rid of Fontang, look at how Massu upped Thiem's game once he game on board.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Tom Tebbutt with Heinz Gunthardt
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Heinz Gunthardt, the Swiss Fed Cup team’s captain, is a well-known figure in his homeland. As a player he won five tour titles and had a high ATP ranking of No. 22, won the 1985 Wimbledon doubles with Balazs Taroczy of Hungary and coached the legendary Steffi Graf of Germany to 12 of 22 her career Grand Slam titles. These days the 60 year old maintains a high profile in Switzerland as a television broadcaster covering international tennis events for the national Swiss German network.

TT: Canada has two players with tremendous potential in Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime. What do you think of them with what you have seen so far?

HG: Shapovalov is really special because he can get really hot, but he can go really cold too (laughs). If he can stabilize his tennis a little bit – meaning that he will lose fewer matches which gives him more opportunity to become hot – he could be a world beater. But that’s easy to say but difficult to do.

Auger-Aliassime is much more stable as a player – he doesn’t run as hot and as cold. It will be interesting to see where the two go because at the same time when you’re more that type (Auger-Aliassime) at times you try to control things maybe too much. So the up side is not as great. It’s interesting to watch the two because both of them can absolutely win Slams when it comes to pure ability.
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Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Auger-Aliassime is much more stable as a player – he doesn’t run as hot and as cold.
Maybe not as hot and cold but Felix does run hot and cold. With him I think it's a matter of getting rhythm and maintaining his level. shapo's a little harder to figure out, I think little things set him off. Both will be fine.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
A very good performance earlier today from Felix and his Polish partner Hubert Hurkacz in first-round doubles action in Rotterdam where they faced the no. 3 seeds, Wesley Koolhoif and Nikola Mektic. The unseeded pair emerged the winners in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(9).
 

Joseph_K

Professional
A topsy turvy win for Felix against Jan-Lennard Struff in first-round singles action in Rotterdam earlier today. In the first set the Canadian broke early to lead 3-1 and continued to play solidly enough to win the set 6-3. In a marathon 18-point first game in the second set Felix had six break points, but couldn't convert any of them. Although he then held to 1-all, the German ran away with the set thereafter, taking it 6-1.

In the final set Felix showed some real grit, saving three break points from 0-40 in the first game to hold and another two break points at 3-3 to move ahead 4-3. He then broke Struff to 30 in the eighth game before serving out to love for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory.
 
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