Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime is looking forward to meeting former world No. 1 Andy Murray in the US Open second round as he expects the "best" from the Briton. Auger-Aliassime started his US Open campaign with a 6-3 6-7 (7) 7-6 (6) 7-6 (6) over Thiago Monteiro.
"Yeah, well, of course he's a great champion. I'll be expecting the best from him next match. I don't want to put into my head or consider that because of the injuries or because of the surgeries he's had, the comeback he's made, that this puts me in an advantage or makes a difference on the outcome of the match.
"I'm going to prepare myself for a battle. I'm going to expect the best from him. Obviously we're all glad I think to see him back. I watched the whole way of his recovery. It's good to see him playing good again and healthy.
It's an honor for me, yeah, to face up with a guy like Andy." Auger-Aliassime watched Murray's match against Yoshihito Nishioka, in which the Briton recovered from two sets down to beat the Japanese. "I mean, yeah, I was in my suite waiting for my match.
I just ate a little bit. Yeah, it was pretty natural to watch the match. It happened that it was my next opponent," Auger-Aliassime said. "But I wasn't really thinking about, like, looking at anything that potentially I could use for my next match.
I was just really focused on my match today. "But, yeah, it's good the setup that they have, it gives us a chance for players to watch whoever's playing on center court. It's nice.
As a kid, Auger-Aliassime watched Murray at the US Open
"I don't recall the first time I've seen him play, really.
That's tough. Obviously I seen him play a lot over the years," Auger-Aliassime started. "Actually I was telling the story. I came once as a spectator to the US Open in 2011. I was just a kid. We got tickets for the US Open center court, Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Andy was playing Lopez night match. I got to see him there in the third round. That was a big memory of mine. I was actually live here. "It's crazy to feel today there's not going to be a kid in the stadium watching, it's actually going to be me playing. Yeah, so it's a nice feeling."