Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime is looking forward to facing former world No. 1 Andy Murray at the Tokyo Olympics. Auger-Aliassime, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the world, was drawn to meet three-time Grand Slam champion Murray in his Olympic debut.
“It’s an incredible challenge. That’s a match everyone will want to see,” Auger-Aliassime said of facing Murray, as quoted on The Star. “I love opening matches like this. Having beaten him once last year means I go into the match with more confidence than if I had never faced him.
“Obviously, to face a double Olympic champion, that’s big. To face him in my Olympic debut, it’s special”.
Auger-Aliassime insists it won't be easy against Murray
Murray, now ranked at No. 104 in the world, is aiming to defend his Olympic gold medal.
Murray won the 2012 London Olympics and at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics he became the first male player in tennis history to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. “Murray plays his best tennis at the Olympics,” said Auger-Aliassime.
“I’m expecting the best from this legend. He’s ready for moments like these, but so am I”. At last year's US Open, Auger-Aliassime claimed a comfortable straight-set win over Murray. “It’s good for my confidence,” he said.
“At any point in a match, whether I’m leading or trailing, I have the confidence that I can win. It’s positive. I just need to be well prepared, bring my best tennis and find a way to win”. Auger-Aliassime, who has made two ATP finals this year, is hoping for a positive campaign at the Tokyo Olympics.
However, he has underlined that he is taking round by round. "I’m not looking much further (than the first round),“ said Auger-Aliassime. “If I can get past the first two rounds, that would be good”.