In a press conference in Monte Carlo where he lives, Felix Auger-Aliassime spoke about Roger Federer. The 19-year-old Canadian trained with the Swiss in Indian Wells during the BNP Paribas Open earlier this year and in Dubai during the pre-season training in December 2017.
Auger-Aliassime said: "Roger is an amazing role model, despite his unbelievable successes, he is extremely humble and still the same person. Roger can be a role model for everyone and I definitely try to behave like him and I hope to be a good example for kids too."
On the many expectations around him, Auger-Aliassime added: "People say that I can be very good but I first have to win matches. I have big expectations and I do not really want to care too much about other people's thoughts, I am very strict with myself and also very disciplined, so I have to go that way " Reassessing how his season went so far, Auger-Aliassime said: "Things went very quickly from South America, but I still improved and worked hard, step by step.
I improved a lot over the last six-12 months and I was able to do much better on serve and volley. I think I can go much higher. But I do not want to put too much pressure on myself. "I do not imagine a life without tennis," Felix added.
"My mother has nothing to do with sports, so I always had a good balance between sports and education," said the world No. 17, who received piano lessons as a kid.