World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime says he is not ready to assume the position of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for himself but added he is definitely hoping to one day become one of the key figures on the tour. Auger-Aliassime is one of the most talented and promising players on the tour and many believe he is someone who could become a Grand Slam champion and the world No.
1 in the future. "I'm only 21 years old, and no, I'm not ready to assume the position of Nadal or Djokovic yet, clearly. I hope in the future that I will be able to become a player who has an important place on the tour," Auger-Aliassime said, per Sportskeeda.
"What I think is that the fans, the public likes tennis. Today they were cheering for Lorenzo [Musetti]. It's almost full here, so they will still come."
Auger-Aliassime on the tennis future
The Big Three - Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer - have marked one era of tennis and will go down as three all-time greats.
"It's special when the older players are in the end of their career, but new players are coming up," Auger-Aliassime added. "We won't have maybe only three players dominating all the others. We will have more players at the top."
Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem are the only Grand Slam champions that are under 30 years old. Auger-Aliassime has had a couple of deep Grand Slam runs so far in his career, most notably reaching the US Open semiifnal last year.
Also, Auger-Aliassime has quarterfinal appearances at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. "There are about 20 players who already won big titles. Only Daniil [Medvedev] won a Grand Slam, but many other players won big titles, and I believe there will be maybe 8 or 10 players that will be able to win big tournaments a bit more than before," Auger-Aliassime said. "We'll see what happens."