Felix Auger-Aliassime extends notable streak
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 1426
Felix Auger-Aliassime played in eight ATP finals between 2019 and 2021. The young Canadian lost them all, struggling to find his A-game in the crucial moments and entering the 2022 season as an established top-20 player without the trophy.
Felix changed that in February in Rotterdam, lifting his first ATP crown and adding three more in the previous weeks. Auger-Aliassime established himself as one of the finest indoor players on the Tour, reaching five finals with a roof above his head this season and securing four titles.
Felix suffered an early US Open loss before raising his level at the Davis Cup and the Laver Cup, defeating Novak Djokovic in London and gaining a boost.
Felix Auger-Aliassime has won the previous 16 matches on the Tour.
The Canadian fell to Roberto Bautista Agut at the start of the ATP 500 event in Astana, and it was his last loss on the Tour.
Felix conquered Florence, Antwerp and Basel in back-to-back weeks, cracking the top-10 and securing a place at the ATP Finals. The young gun performs for the fifth consecutive week at the Paris Masters, beating three rivals and advancing into the semi-final.
Auger-Aliassime survived a scare against Mikael Ymer and defeated Gilles Simon and Frances Tiafoe to reach the last four. Felix has won 16 matches in a row and became the sixth active player to achieve that. Novak Djokovic leads the chart with 43 between 2010 and 2011.
Rafael Nadal counted 32 in his glorious 2008 run, while Andy Murray stopped on 28 in his No. 1 quest during 2016 and 2017. Among the younger competitors, Daniil Medvedev added 20 to his tally at the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, followed by Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime, who stand at 16.
The Canadian is battling against another young gun Holger Rune in the semi-final, seeking a place in his first Masters 1000 final. If he wins, Felix will become the fifth active player with 17 consecutive wins and enter the top-5 on the ATP Race, standing sixth behind Daniil Medvedev.
Auger-Aliassime should be among the favorites at the upcoming ATP Finals alongside Novak Djokovic if he maintains this level. Auger-Aliassime feels good about his game and plays confidently after defeating the Serb at the Laver Cup in September.