“If you don’t have No 1 in a tournament…” Felix Auger-Aliassime opens up on the impact of Daniil Medvedev’s absence amid suspension for Russian players

Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger Aliassime
Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger Aliassime

Felix Auger-Aliassime is a Canadian professional tennis player. He is the second youngest player to be ranked in the top 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and has a career-best singles rank of No. 9, which he achieved on January 10, 2022, and a doubles rank of No. 60, achieved on November 1, 2021. He has a singles title and a doubles title on the ATP Tour.

He reached three ATP Finals in 2019, another three in 2020 and two finals in 2021, a total of eight consecutive runners-up from eight ATP Finals, as well as the semifinals at the 2021 US Open. He is the only player except Novak Djokovic and to force John Isner Rafael Nadal in a five-set encounter at the French Open.

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“It changes the game” Felix Auger-Aliassime talks about the lack of big names in tournaments

Felix Auger-Aliassime
Felix Auger-Aliassime

Ready to compete in front of his home crowd at this year’s Montreal Open, Felix spoke about the quality of the draw and how the absence of certain names could affect the picture. “There are two top 10 Russians who did not feature at Wimbledon and in particular Daniil Medvedev who is the best player in the world. When you don’t have world number one in a tournament, the game changes.

When it comes to the Big Three, attendance will be severely limited with Roger Federer unwilling to return, Rafael Nadal alongside treatment for the Müller-Weiss disease that has dogged him for much of the final part with a number nagging injuries has plagued his career and Novak Djokovic is still not ready to get vaccinated to secure entry to the United States and Canada.

He said goodbye: “Daniil is a governing chamber in Canada and we know how successful he is on hard ground. Daniil is still one of the favourites. Nadal should also be monitored to see if he stays in shape. Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas are also to be considered. As with all 1000 Masters, the image here is very strong.”

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