World No. 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime would love to break into the top-10 before the end of the season and also earn a spot for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. Auger-Aliassime, who lost to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open semifinal, is projected to rise to a career-high ranking of No.
11 in the world on Monday. After the US Open exit, Auger-Aliassime was asked how big of a goal those two milestones were for him. "Yeah, it's important for sure. I think now making the semifinals here, I've put myself in a good position to attain this goal.
So now I'm going to try to, yeah, push and keep my focus on my game, trying to play better, trying to play good matches every tournament. Yeah, we'll see what I can do," Auger-Aliassime said. "But definitely it's a very good and healthy motivation."
Auger-Aliassime happy with his form in the second part of the season
"Yeah, it's good. Especially post-clay season it's been really good. The whole season actually I felt like I was playing good. Not quite always getting the results I wanted to, but kept believing that I was playing good tennis, kept pushing.
Now I feel like I'm in the position that I wanted to be at the start of the year," Auger-Aliassime noted. "Like you said, the year is not over. I need to keep going, keep my focus. Hopefully I'll be happy about myself, with the effort and work I've done, when this season finishes."
Auger-Aliassime made his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon, before making his first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open. "Yeah, it's good. It's good for sure. It's great. A final would have been even better, of course," Auger-Aliassime said, when asked how would he felt had someone told him he would enjoy deep runs at Wimbledon and the US Open.
"No, it's positive. Of course, again, it's good work. I mean, I'm happy with the level I've been playing at times, with the results I've had. At the same time I feel like I deserve to be in that position. I work for that. Now I need to keep pushing in the right direction so I go even a little bit higher."