Ambitious, Félix Auger-Aliassime wants to finish his season in style in Paris

After hitting a quad at Flushing Meadows last September, Montrealer is going through some ups and downs these days. He lost in the Laver Cup to good friend Matteo Berrettini, then packed up at Indian Wells in his first match. The Canadians’ trip ended Friday in the quarter-finals of the Vienna Championships in Austria, but against the eventual winner Alexander Zverev. Mixed results are far from the concern of the main interested party, to the contrary.

Of course I had a disappointing performance at Indian Wells, but there are good things in place. I’ve been playing well since the second half of the year, I feel like I’m gaining strength, I feel like I’ve matured as a player and as a person, announced by Felix Auger-Aliassime upon his arrival in Paris.

I think I’m playing the best level I can play now. The US Open was a good catalyst in terms of confidence.

Currently the 12th racket in the world, Auger-Aliassime aims to achieve the pinnacle of tennis. A good performance at Paris-Bercy could allow him to break into the top eight and thus take part in the final ATP tournament, dedicated to the world’s top eight players.

It’s extra motivation. After that, you have to play the matches the same way. For me, that doesn’t change much. It’s a positive thing, and I’m glad to be in this positionsaid the 21-year-old.

Without falling into overconfidence, Auger-Aliassime knows very well what he is capable of.

I started settling among the best players in the world. Mentally, I feel more solid and mature.

Quote from:Felix Auger Eliassim

There has been a certain flicker since the US Open, both in terms of my personal confidence and the image I can project. I managed to position myself well in the tournaments, to become a player who could beat anyone.

I already have big ambitions for next season, announced by Auger Eliassim.

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To achieve its goals, the FAA must be consistent.

When you achieve a good result, it is good. But you have to repeat week after week. You should always return to the present and the challenges that lie ahead.

Following the masters of Paris Percy, Auger-Aliassime ensures that he will represent the maple leaf in the Davis Cup, scheduled for the end of November in Madrid.

I didn’t hesitate, I’ve always had the idea of ​​representing Canada. It’s always an event that I love to play in, with the whole team we always have a great time, victory or defeat. I’ll be there, I’ll be there with great motivation to win with Canada, concluded Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Expected return for Djoko

Seven weeks after his dream of breaking a grand slam in the US Open final, Novak Djokovic will return to the ring in Paris.

Djokovic bursting into tears irrepressible at changing sides, at the huge Central Stadium in New York, his head under the towel: This is the last picture of World No. 1 printed in people’s minds. At the moment, led by Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4, 5-4 in the final, he is on the verge of defeat in the most important match of his career. After a few points, his chance to sign for his first major title since 1969 was missed.

Novak Djokovic losing in the US Open Grand Final.

Photo: usa today sports / Daniel Parhizkaran

Since then, the 34-year-old Serbian, tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the record number of major titles with 20 titles, has since distanced himself from the ring, notably abandoning the prestigious Indian Wells Championship, which was exceptionally relocated in the fall. due to COVID-19.

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It was in Paris, where he had already won five times, that he decided to put the racket back on again.

He is expected to enter the race, either against Italian Fabio Fognini (36), or against Hungarian Marton Fukowicz (39).

There Djokovic will also play in doubles, with fellow countryman Filip Krajinovic, taking into account the final stage of the Davis Cup (November 25 to December 5), the third and final stage of his program at the end of the season, with the Masters taking home. Top Eight Players of the Year (November 14-21), which he already qualified for.

It’s rare to see the world’s number one player double in a Masters 1000, tournament director Guy Forget confirms. He needs matches because he hasn’t played since Flushing Meadows.

back Djoko It coincides with discussions on the topic of vaccination for the upcoming Australian Open (17-30 January), the favorite stadium of the Serbs, however resistant to the vaccine and who refuse to share their vaccination status.

At this point, the Australian authorities reiterate that they will not waive the need for full vaccination.

As usual, the Parisian week is the occasion for the distribution of the last sesame of the Master, which is being organized for the first time in Turin, after twelve editions in London.

With Djokovic, there are six of them who already have their tickets in their pockets: Medvedev, the defending champion in Percy Hall, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrei Rublev and Matteo Berrettini.

Two left to be awarded.

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Another attraction: the return of Andy Murray, who is proving week after week his determination that the end of his career will not be dictated by the prosthesis placed on his right hip in early 2019.

I’ll hack in a week or two, or maybe a few months, wanting to believe the Briton, came for the last time to Percy in 2016… and then left with the trophy.

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