Felix Auger-Aliassime will lock horns with Roger Federer for a quarterfinal spot at the Halle Open 2021. However, the Canadian rising star said that he would give his best to defeat the eight-time Wimbledon champion.
Swiss Maestro has won ten titles and a win-loss record of 69-7 in the Halle Open. It will be the first time meeting between Roger Federer and Felix Auger-Aliassime. But, both of them practised together a couple of years ago in Dubai.
“It’s cool. To be honest, it’s a great test for me. I’ve never played Roger before. We practised a couple of years ago in Dubai, but I never had a chance to play him in a tournament, so it’s good. Of course, he’s a favourite here. He’s won 10 times. It’s going to be a good test for me to see where my game is on the grass,” the 20-year-old from Montreal said in an interview in Halle.
No.5 seed Federer reached the second round following a straight-set(7-6, 7-5) win over Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka.
Canadian further added, “He has everything tennis has to offer in his game, so he’s going to have many solutions to try to trick me. But I think it’s going to be important for me to try to dictate as much as I can.”
“I Can Play A Good Match And Give Myself A Chance To Win”, says Felix Auger-Aliassime
Before arriving in Halle, Felix reached his 8th ATP Finals at the Stuttgart Open 2021. The Canadian did not lose a single set before the championship match, but Croatian Marin Cilic eventually defeated him in straight sets.
Felix continued, “Now I’m going to try to play my best tennis, focus on what I can do well, see what I can do to find a way to give myself chances. But I’m really focusing more on myself than the eight-year-old Felix was focusing on dreaming of playing these types of matches.”
In the Halle ATP 500 event, Auger-Aliassime confirmed his second round seat after defeating Miami Masters reigning champion Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets(6-3, 7-5).
“Of course, I feel confident. I have had a few wins in the past few days, so hopefully, I can play a good match and give myself a chance to win,” World No.21 concluded.