Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime is confident that he could make a deep run at the US Open. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 17 in the world, has had a solid years at the Grand Slams and he is hoping to also clinch a notable result at Flushing Meadows.
Auger-Aliassime made the round-of-16 at the Australian Open, before losing in the French Open first round. Auger-Aliassime enjoyed a good run at Wimbledon, making the quarterfinal. "I have had a good run in Grand Slams this year & I'm feeling confident I can go deep in New York," Auger-Aliassime said, per Mark Masters.
Auger-Aliassime playing at this week's Cincinnati Masters
Auger-Aliassime, a former world No. 15, kicked off his Cincinnati campaign against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. The Canadian managed to get the job done against Fucsovics as he beat the Hungarian 7-6 (0) 6-3.
Auger-Aliassime will be battling against Karen Khachanov for a place in the Cincinnati round-of-16. Auger-Aliassime insists he is well aware that Khachanov is a tough opponent. "I feel like we had a good match in Montreal [won by Karen 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 in 2019].
I had my chances. He was able to really dig deep. He's a tough guy mentally. He's able to stay tough in matches when it's not going well," Auger-Aliassime said of facing Khachanov. Khachanov, who recently claimed bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, also wants to continue his good form in Cincinnati and make a deep run at the tournament.
"I want to keep going, keep having this momentum and try to improve and hopefully go higher,” Khachanov said, “I was in the Top 10 and this is where I want to go back to and I see myself in there. This is the goal right now.
I am now more focusing on the things I need to do rather than the outcome. My goals are pretty big and hopefully I can achieve them."