Former world No. 3 Milos Raonic believes that Felix Auger-Aliassime is now showing "willingness to adapt" and that's one of the reasons behind his success at the US Open. Auger-Aliassime, 21, made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open.
"Before he was very much into, 'Hey, this is what I got to do & live & die by that,’ & sometimes matches don’t play out that way, there’s changes ... he's made opponent think more," Raonic said of Auger-Aliassime, per Mark Masters.
Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, is an inspiration to younger Canadian players and he is honored to be in that position. "It’s one of those things that happens on its own ... I tried to achieve my goals & to have that kind of positive ripple effect is probably one of my greatest honours," Raonic said of his success being an inspiration to younger Canadian players.
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Auger-Aliassime used to be too hard at himself at times but that's slowly changing as he is now reacting to certain things in a much more positive way.
"I've gotten impatient sometimes this year, last year," Auger-Aliassime noted after his US Open quarterfinal win. "I had I think losses that I was disappointed with either in Grand Slams or in Masters. I think I just learned to accept them, to keep my self-belief high, to keep working well, and things would come.
Have the belief that things would come, and you never know exactly when, at some point things would click and I would get a great result. "I'm happy that this tournament, on a stage like this, the US Open, to be performing the way I'm performing.
At the same time I'm still in the tournament, so that's the best part, is that it's not over. "Certainly, yeah, it's already been a great tournament. I hope to do more."