In any progression, you have to burn through stages and achieving some of them can be real turning points. The one reached by Felix Auger-Aliassime in this US Open 2020 It is not trivial since, with only 20 years, the Canadian has managed to get into the second week of a Grand Slam, something to which he seemed predestined by tennis potential since tennis. The fact that he has been spoken of as a prodigy of this sport since he was 15 years old, may detract somewhat from his maturation process, but there is no doubt that he is evolving in a more than promising way and that his reflections at a press conference show almost as mature as his performance on the track.
– Sensations in front of Corentin Moutet: “Winning the first two easy sets can be a double-edged sword, but I kept my focus on the third, where he was better. I am very happy with how I handled the situation as I did not lose the initiative or relax. I liked my service performance, I think that if I get to this level I can compete against anyone. I get many positive aspects of this victory, “he said.
– How to face an important game: Felix suffered a great disappointment last year at Wimbledon when he lost in the third round to Humbert and he was not willing to be beaten by another Frenchman in the same round, this time Corentin Moutet. “Today I have shown that I am learning to manage the expectations placed on me, something I did not do last year. I felt like I should win this match, but I did not rush my tennis or get nervous. It is a great sign for me to see that I manage my emotions better in games like this, “said the Canadian.
– What does it mean to be in the second week of the Grand Slam: “The last few years were unfortunate at Flushing Meadows for me. I had to retire due to an arrhythmia, then I lost easy last year. I didn’t leave Australia feeling good either (they lost to Gulbis in the first round), but I continued to train very well and knowing that if I continued like this, the results would come. I consider that this is where I deserve to be, in the second week of the Grand Slam. I have the level for it and I must work to make it something common in my career “, he commented with great confidence in himself Felix Auger-Aliassime, whose opponent in the second round of the US Open 2020 will be the austrian Dominic Thiem.