Felix Auger-Aliassime: 'Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic still play..'



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Felix Auger-Aliassime: 'Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic still play..'

The 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime is the youngest player in the top-20, winning 13 matches so far in 2020 and losing back-to-back finals in Rotterdam and Marseille. The Canadian has been forced to sit at home in Montreal as the other players, waiting for the coronavirus to slow done and to hit the court again as soon as possible.

Speaking about the possible merge between the ATP and WTA, Felix said the players have to learn more to draw their conclusions, having to know more about the essential changes before giving his opinion. Also, he mentioned the quality of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who have been there for years, gathering experience and keeping their game on a high note, making it impossible for the youngsters to make a breakthrough and take them down from the throne.

Felix believes he can achieve that, together with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and others. However, it will not be easy to change the order in men's tennis soon, as the players from the top still stand very strong.

"The news about ATP and WTA joining is pretty recent; we have to learn more about what it involves and everything. I'm not sure about what would be the essential changes if that happens. People need to see fresh faces winning notable tournaments.

I'm a part of that and there are a couple of players older than me who are getting closer, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. We all have to push and the toughest thing to deal with is the fact the guys from the top are still competing on a top-level.

With their commitment and experience, they are now pushing limits in terms of how long they can obtain that level. I'm not sure about on-court coaching and shorter matches, as you have to respect the art of duel and fighting, like two gladiators on the court.

That's the essence of tennis and I'm a big fan of that. I understand that people of my generation want to see shorter and more exciting clashes but I'm not sure that's good for the future of our sport."