Felix Auger-Aliassime: Main goal was to refocus after Roger Federer win

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Felix Auger-Aliassime: Main goal was to refocus after Roger Federer win

Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime was happy with the way he performed against Marcos Giron in Halle. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 21 in the world, dropped just five games en route to claiming a 6-3 6-2 win over Giron in the Halle quartefinal.

Auger-Aliassime saved a break point in the fifth game, before breaking Giron in the sixth game. After breaking Giron, Auger-Aliassime held on to his serve the rest of the way to win the opener. In the second set, Auger-Aliassime broke Giron twice and never lost his serve to book a comfortable straight-set win.

“I’ve been playing well these past two weeks, believing in myself a lot and dominating my service games,” Auger-Aliassime said. “As soon as I got the break [in the first set], I feel like I loosened up and things were just going better and better.

“I don’t think Marcos played his best match, I’ve seen him play great matches before and beat Top 10 opponents... but in the end, I think I was able to put a lot of pressure on him and dictate the points.

So I can be happy with my performance”.

Auger-Aliassime was coming off a huge win

In the Halle round-of-16, Auger-Aliassime recovered from a set down to beat record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. “The main goal was to refocus.

I received a lot of messages and attention, and those kinds of things can be tricky,” he admitted. “They can take you out of your ‘zone’ and your focus on the tournament. “And maybe the outside doesn’t understand that as much, because even though it looks like I’ve won ‘easy’, I still have to come out and play good tennis and a good match. I think I made a good effort, stayed in my zone, and came out and played great again”.