Felix Auger-Aliassime, 22, has become the first player born in the 2000s to record wins against each member of the Big Three: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. On Tuesday, Auger-Aliassime defeated Nadal 6-3 6-4 at the ATP Finals.
Auger-Aliassime’s first victory over a Big Three came at Halle 2021, when he defeated Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Two months ago at the Laver Cup, which was the last tournament of Federer’s career, Auger-Aliassime defeated Djokovic 6-3, 7-6(3).
It should be noted that the ATP counts Laver Cup matches as main level matches.
Auger-Aliassime on beating Nadal
Auger-Aliassime, who lost to Nadal in his first two main-level matches, revealed that it didn’t take long for him to start to believe he could beat the Spaniard in Turin.
«When you’re about to step on the court against a guy like him, you never know. You think: What if he plays amazing today, too good for me, or I’m not playing my best? Things are not right.» working for me There is always an uncertainty.
But when the match started, we were serving in the first set, I thought, look, I have a real chance to win this. I felt that I was doing good things, I felt comfortable in certain situations. He definitely believed he could win,» Auger-Aliassime said after beating Nadal.
Auger-Aliassime, who was beaten by Casper Ruud in his first ATP Finals match, felt that everything in his game worked better against Nadal. “I think having a game here, I got used to the conditions on Center Court. It helped me a lot.
I felt like my game was better today. My serve was excellent and the return and backhand were much better. I hit him with my greatest consistency and quality. When I play like this, I have shown that I can compete and beat some of the best players in the world,» Auger-Aliassime said.