Felix Auger-Aliassime reflects on 'really nice' Roger Federer gesture



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Felix Auger-Aliassime reflects on 'really nice' Roger Federer gesture

Felix Auger-Aliassime reveals Roger Federer is the most famous person that has sent him a text message. Earlier this year, 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime clinched his first ATP title after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Rotterdam final.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, was following Auger-Aliassime campaign in Rotterdam and sent the Canadian a congratulatory message following his victory. The Federer text left Auger-Aliassime positively surprised as he admitted he didn't expect to receive a congratulatory message from the Swiss.

"He is definitely the most famous person that has ever texted me," Auger Aliassime said. "When I won my first title this year, he texted me and said he was just very happy for me and congrats. I thought like that was really nice, like I didn't expect that."

Auger-Aliassime not happy with his early Wimbledon exit

At 2021 Wimbledon, Auger-Aliassime reached what was at the time his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. This year, Auger-Aliassime didn't enjoy an impressive WImbledon run after suffering a four-set loss to Maxime Cressy in the first round.

With his serve and volley style, it was obvious Cressy would be a very difficult opponent for Auger-Aliassime. Still, Auger-Aliassime was the favorite and expected to beat Cressy. “My expectations were, of course, higher than what happened at Wimbledon.

But I also know that there’s been difficult matches, I was finding a way to win. And this time, I couldn't find the solution in the moment. He was a little bit better than me when he needed," Auger-Aliassime told Tennis.com.

“When this happened, I needed first to accept the situation, accept the result, and also take that as an opportunity to see what I can improve and do better. I'll be facing tough opponents that will be against me playing their best, and I will have to find ways to get through if I want to win these tournaments. It’s all a learning experience, but it doesn't change my confidence or the expectations."