Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime has signed up to play Halle in 2022, per Michal Samulski. Auger-Aliassime, 21, is set to make his second appearance on the grass courts of Halle. Auger-Aliassime made his debut at the Halle event this past June and almost made it all the way.
Auger-Aliassime enjoyed a strong run before his campaign ended with a tight semifinal loss to Ugo Humbert. En route to making the Halle final, Auger-Aliassime beat 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. Auger-Aliassime was then the favorite to beat Humbert in the semifinal but he suffered a surprise loss.
Auger-Aliassime could meet Federer again
Federer underwent a season-ending knee surgery this past August. Recently, Auger-Aliassime said Federer and Rafael Nadal will always be tough to beat. "It was going to come eventually.
A change in generation. Novak is still number one, and Roger and Rafa we will see how they come back,” said the world number 11, per Tennishead. “But they have done it so many times in the past in their careers. They are going to be tough to beat for as long as they play.
“Having tournaments like this where the average age of the top eight seeded players is 23, you know that it is going to be highly competitive. “But as a young player, you try and establish yourself with those top players who will dominate or win the big titles in the year to come.
“For me, the challenge is big, but at the same time the motivation is big as well to try to play well to end the season and put myself with those best players in the world," Last week, Auger-Aliassime suffered a shock loss to Dominik Koepfer in the Paris Masters first round.
"My game level was low. I served badly from the beginning to the end. I tried but was very low level, so I'm really disappointed," Auger-Aliassime said after the loss. Auger-Aliassime is now set to play at this week's Stockholm Open.