Felix Auger-Aliassime delivers a huge ranking milestone in Rio, becoming..


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Felix Auger-Aliassime delivers a huge ranking milestone in Rio, becoming..

Equipped with immense talent and determination, the Montreal native Felix Auger-Aliassime has been the trailblazer for the players born in 2000, achieving some amazing records already at the age of 14 and never looking back.

After a short and successful junior career (world no. 2 and the youngest ever Eddie Herr and US Open champion), Felix was ready to embrace the pro career just after turning 16, proving himself among the much older and more developed players back in 2015 when he qualified for the main draw at Drummondville Challenger.

A few months later, Auger-Aliassime was the quarter-finalist in Granby Challenger, still before turning 15, and he lifted the first Futures crown in November 2016 as the first player born in 2000 to achieve that, also as the seventh youngest winner since the series was established in 1998.

Improving his game regularly, Felix grabbed the first Challenger title in Lyon in June 2017, becoming the seventh-youngest champion at that level and going all the way in Seville as well to crack the top-200 at the age of 17, far before any of his coevals.

Despite a knee injury in December that year that halted his progress, Felix made another big step in 2018, winning his first Masters 1000 match at Indian Wells and defending Lyon Challenger as the youngest player who has managed to do that.

After six ATP wins in the entire season, Auger-Aliassime was on the verge of entering the top-100 at the end of the season and that was inevitable this week in Rio de Janeiro, his best tournament in a career so far. After wins over Fabio Fognini, Christian Garin, Jaume Munar and Pablo Cuevas, Felix has secured the place in the final of the ATP 500 event and he will make a debut in the top-100 as the first player born in 2000!

On the latest ATP list, there are 12 players born in 2000 with at least one ATP point and the only ones who managed to enter the top-300 so far are Rudolf Molleker and Nicola Kuhn who will have to work hard to repeat what Felix has achieved half a year before turning 19.

The young Canadian has added another massive milestone to his already impressive tally and there is no doubt we will see much more from him in the rest of the season and the years to come.