The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

Fedinkum

Legend
FAA makes too much unforced errors for a counter puncher. He also lacks that big killer shots. Man...I want him to do well.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Felix Sets Sights On Top 10, Turin Spot In 2021

Per ATP: https://www.atptour.com/en/news/auger-aliassime-2021-preview-feature

Felix Auger-Aliassime has shared his ambition to crack the Top 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings and qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin in 2021.

The #NextGenATP Canadian is currently ranked No. 21 after a stellar 2020 campaign, which included three runner-up finishes (Rotterdam, Marseille, Cologne 1). To take his game to the next level in the new year, Auger-Aliassime spent more than a week training at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Mallorca this month.

“I want to obviously keep on improving. I came here to train hard and reach another level. I would love to be in the Top 10 and be part of the Nitto ATP Finals next year,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I think I have what it takes in me and now I need to do well, do work and play good matches.”
To climb higher in the FedEx ATP Rankings, Auger-Aliassime will need to improve his consistency in 2021. Alongside his three final appearances, the Montreal-born star lost his opening match at six events in 2020.

“I have to improve and play good tennis week after week with good engagement and good intensity every week,” said Auger-Aliassime. “If I can do that, I will give myself chances to attain my objective.”
Seeking to improve his consistency and intensity, the 6’4” right-hander could not have chosen a better location for his pre-season training block. During his time at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, the Canadian was able to learn from the man who instilled those two attributes into the heart of Nadal’s game: Toni Nadal.

“It is great. I didn’t have the chance to talk to Toni as much as Rafa at the tournaments. To have Toni on the court, to share tennis with him and have him give his feedback on court has been great,” said Auger-Aliassime. “That is one of the biggest reasons I came here, to share some experience and to have some knowledge from Toni and it has been amazing. He has helped me a lot so far and he gives me great tips. I like his ethic and mentality.”
After spending more than a week at the academy, Auger-Aliassime shared a positive review of the facility and its staff. The Manacor-based tennis centre is currently expanding its facilities, which will include the addition of three indoor hard courts and seven covered clay courts.

“It was my first time, but I have been happily surprised by everything. It is as good as I imagined, even better. I feel like everybody has a very good energy here, a lot of respect, a lot of engagement and passion for the game. For me, as a professional athlete, a tennis player, there is everything I need to train, recover and have a good time.”
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
No one updating this after the kid makes another final? He once again blasted through Moutet.

Evans is a tricky guy though, gonna be a tough match, no? Hopefully FAA breaks the trend and gets the monkey off his back.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
I stayed up real late watching the match and it lasted 58 minutes and then I watched the Sinner match which was still in the first set even though they started at the same time and it went 3 hours. Time of year to lose sleep. I see that Sinner & Shapo are going to go at it 5:30 my time on Monday.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
FAA 7th final and Evans 3rd final. One of them will finally win an ATP tour. Either way it would be good.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Moutet was a bit of crybaby in that match, only a few games had been played and FAA won an extended rally with an overhead, Moutet then kicked those seats at the back of the court and then pushed them over. He also looked so defeated in the 2nd set

I kind of want Evans to finally snatch a title, but would be happy for FAA to also finally get his 1st.
 

Joseph_K

Hall of Fame
Corentin Moutet has spoken about how difficult he sometimes finds it to control his emotions on court and how he has tried to overcome this difficulty with the help of his coach, Laurent Raymond, amongst others.

Felix seems to be a bad match-up for the diminutive Frenchman, at least on hard courts, where Moutet has won only eight games over five sets against the Canadian, three yesterday in Melbourne and five at last year's U.S. Open.
 

AMGF

Hall of Fame
Felix spraying a stupid amount of unforced errors once again!

Something is really wrong with his head because Evans is not even trying. He’s pushing everything back waiting for Felix to give him the match.

That’s terrible, unless he turns things 180 degree, it’s a 7th title lost by way of ungodly amount of unforced errors.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Felix spraying a stupid amount of unforced errors once again!
Something is really wrong with his head because Evans is not even trying. He’s pushing everything back waiting for Felix to give him the match.
Evans is playing not to lose, not to win, but it looks like that will be enough. FAA on the verge of losing yet another final.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
What a horrible game from Felix to drop serve again. Now Evans to serve for it.

Edit: Evans chokes and FAA breaks!
 
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AMGF

Hall of Fame
"Evans is not even trying" Oh dear :-D

But I can't deny that FAA is making horrible errors once again, you are right there.
Yeah well, he slices more than Sara Errani playing fruit ninja. I don’t call slicing your way to your first title trying. He just knows FAA will give him the match eventually.
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
Horrible match by Felix, go stand in the corner, big boooh.
Not only that, but his game and personality are as exciting as watching paint dry. He must hold the record for the least amount of improvement from ages 15 to 20 of any player who has ever been in the top 50. I still like him and wish him well, but I'm not much interested in watching him.
 

D-Lite

Professional
Yup. I can't think of any other player who lost their first 7 finals. I didn't see the first set today, but watched as Felix wilted again in the big moments in the second set. Evans was choking too, but Felix outchoked him.
I think Peng Shuai did on WTA side.
Edit: seems she lost 6 before nabbing a few later in her career.
I'm sure FAA will rack a few up once he manages to win 1, eventually. It doesn't bode so well for this year though...
 

Yoneyama

Hall of Fame
89 pages and still no title.

FAA has plan A and that is it. He never changes his game plan, ever! He needs to develop more variety in his game.
 

Zebrev

Hall of Fame
I think Felix can become an ATG, maybe even the best, but he is still waiting for everything to click into place, like 2002 Federer.
 

Gazelle

G.O.A.T.
Dissapointed in this guy. Looked so promising at age 15, now starting to more and more look pedestrian.

Even have to somewhat agree with the 'Alliasime has poor technique' guy, none of his strokes look particularly great.
 

Wander

Hall of Fame
I think Felix can become an ATG, maybe even the best, but he is still waiting for everything to click into place, like 2002 Federer.
I reckon 2002 Federer looked way better. He was just losing close matches he should've won left right and center. Federer's final record even at his worst point before he went on a tear was 2-6 and every single one of his losses had been a close contest that went the distance. What's bad in comparison about these Felix final losses is that more often than not it never even looked close. Never won a set! Typically he's just discombobulated already in the first set and never managed to really get back in it.

Can he become an ATG? Time will tell, but I have sincere doubts.
 

Krish0608

Legend
I think Felix can become an ATG, maybe even the best, but he is still waiting for everything to click into place, like 2002 Federer.
No comparison. 2002 Federer did not lose a string of Finals in a row. Hamburg 2002 comes to mind. I like FAA, but these are matches he should win.
 

Wander

Hall of Fame
To go on a bit more regarding this 2002 Federer comparison:

If we also just compare individual shots and overall game between current FAA and 2002 Federer, I mean, it's no comparison. Federer already had all the shots! Incredible variety. Already possessed a very good serve too. He just hadn't really put together a consistent winning game plan. If anything, Federer was doing too much!

What is Felix by comparison? A pretty one-dimensional "modern offensive base-line grinder" and as @Yoneyama pointed out, no plan B at all. He also doesn't seem to really hurt anyone with his backhand which is no good if you want to be the next Novak Djokovic.

Also, I know he's three years older, but Andrey Rublev for example looks to be better than Felix at nearly all aspects of this particular game style.
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
Disappointing loss by FAA. I'm not super surprised he lost to Evans, a guy with a tricky game who has beaten guys like Khachanov and Rublev in fairly recent history. His slice is a big part of his game and making opponents uncomfortable, hence his success against young big hitting guys.

But 6-2 6-3 is a poor performance no matter how you shake it.
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
This is definitely big oof territory. Quite the backlash FAA is receiving after that performance against Dan Evans, and I'd say it's mostly justified really.

His game really does look one-dimensional and predictable, and he doesn't appear to think the game well.
 

Rovesciarete

Semi-Pro
Wrote that three months ago, not much has changed. Sadly he grew up as a server and big forehand hitter and little else...

It was a close match, his fellow Canadian countered well but Felix remains a bit of mystery. He has a powerful and spinny forehand which should help him to construct points but he falls away if rally goes on a bit. One reasons should be that many attack his clearly weaker backhand. So as a consequence he shifts towards the ad and takes more with the front but the low % of inside-out winner is remarkable.

I stated it before and saw it confirmed: He is the best server among the competent under 21 but he leans on it too much. Many praise his athleticism and speed but he returns subpar. The latter clearly disadvantages him in tie breakers where he gets only little points off his opponent.

He should be the bodily and mentally most mature of lot and has the highest amount of experience of high level tennis but seems to suffer the most under pressure. Lots of buts and few explanations.
 

Baseline_Bungle

Professional
7 out of 7 without winning a single set, and reaching a tie-breaker only once.

As bad as we all want to, it's getting tougher and tougher to make excuses for this kid.
 

Gazelle

G.O.A.T.
I reckon 2002 Federer looked way better. He was just losing close matches he should've won left right and center. Federer's final record even at his worst point before he went on a tear was 2-6 and every single one of his losses had been a close contest that went the distance. What's bad in comparison about these Felix final losses is that more often than not it never even looked close. Never won a set! Typically he's just discombobulated already in the first set and never managed to really get back in it.

Can he become an ATG? Time will tell, but I have sincere doubts.
He's as big a choker as Cilic, but with far less talent.

This guy is no ATG material.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
After 2003 he became the player we know, but even Roger struggled early in his career. But if Felix goes on to be a great champion, it will be quickly forgotten.
I highly doubt FAA will win a masters this year like Fed in 2002, so yeah, 2002 Fed was still miles better than FAA.

By early 2002, Fed still had a better career than current FAA.
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
I don’t understand why we’re comparing Fed to FAA. Fed might have been considered a “late bloomer” of sorts but his early losses were essentially very close and he shouldn’t have really lost them. He just had to find his way a bit.

FAA can’t even win SETS. Getting to one TB has been the pinnacle of his finals performances. That’s concerning now and it’s not going to help moving forward. This will be in the back of his mind for a while.
 

jarko111

Hall of Fame
There is no way he got to the final playing that badly. Almost every backhand he went crazy hard down the line and missed by miles.

Has he ever won a set in a final? Did he get psyched out by the moment. Because that was not a performance from a top 50 player.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
There is no way he got to the final playing that badly. Almost every backhand he went crazy hard down the line and missed by miles.

Has he ever won a set in a final? Did he get psyched out by the moment. Because that was not a performance from a top 50 player.
Loss0–1Feb 2019Rio Open, Brazil500 SeriesClayLaslo Đere3–6, 5–7
Loss0–2May 2019Lyon Open, France250 SeriesClayBenoît Paire4–6, 3–6
Loss0–3June 2019Stuttgart Open, Germany250 SeriesGrassMatteo Berrettini4–6, 6–7(11–13)
Loss0–4Feb 2020Rotterdam Open, Netherlands500 SeriesHard (i)Gaël Monfils2–6, 4–6
Loss0–5Feb 2020Open 13, France250 SeriesHard (i)Stefanos Tsitsipas3–6, 4–6
Loss0–6Oct 2020Bett1Hulks Indoors, Germany250 SeriesHard (i)Alexander Zverev3–6, 3–6
Loss0-7Feb 2021Murray River Open, Australia250 SeriesHardDan Evans2-6 3-6

Here's the table so far. IMO, he only played pretty well in the Berrettini final which probably should have gone to a deciding set (overruled point or something IIRC)

Djere, Paire and Evans were real stinkers from his side. Monfils, Stefanos and Zverev a bit less so, but still nothing incredible....
 
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