Felix Auger-Aliassime reveals Roger Federer wished him success just moments after finishing the last match of his career. On Friday, Federer retired from professional tennis by playing doubles with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup.
Auger-Aliassime, who represented Team World, was on the court witnessing Federer's final match. "You know, being the nice person that he is, he took the time to give everyone a hug around the court, all the players," Auger-Aliassime told Eurosport.
"He just said 'I wish you a great career, Felix' and just that moment, that phrase, was truly special for me.
"I will keep it really close to my heart because it was his night. He still took the time to wish me the best in my career going forward, and I wished him the best for what is to come, thanking him for everything he did for the sport and sport in general.
Also, for the way he inspired the youth, it is amazing."
Auger-Aliassime grateful to Federer
Auger-Aliassime, 22, is viewed as one of the most promising and talented players in the world. Auger-Aliassime has already had several deep Grand Slam runs and he has been ranked inside the top-10.
Now, Auger-Aliassime admits that hearing those words from Federer meant a lot. "If I have the opportunity to thank him again I will," Auger-Aliassime added. "He deserves all the praise and all the good words.
It is not just to sound nice, it is because he is just a humble person, generous and kind. That is how he treated me from the first time I met him at the age of 17. He invited me to train and we shared some good moments on the court and outside of it.
He has always been really generous with his time and with his kindness. Above all, that is how I will remember his career." Auger-Aliassime finished with a winning record versus Federer. Last year, Auger-Aliassime defeated Federer in Halle. It was the first and lone meeting between Auger-Aliassime and Federer.