Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is confident that Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime is going to do some "special things." Auger-Aliassime, 21, has already made eight ATP finals throughout his short career but he has yet to win his maiden ATP title.
Auger-Aliassime may not have have an ATP title in his collection but he is on the verge of breaking into the top-10. Auger-Aliassime, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 11 in the world, made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at this past US Open.
"I just want him to continue on the path that he is on. He is going to do some special things in this sport," Kyrgios said of Auger-Aliassime.
Kyrgios, Auger-Aliassime lose at the Laver Cup
On Saturday, Kyrgios suffered a 6-3 6-4 loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Laver Cup.
A day earlier, Kyrgios' teammate from Team World Auger-Aliassime lost a tight battle to Matteo Berrettini of Team Europe. Berrettini, who ended runner-up at Wimbledon, reocvered from a set down to beat Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (3) 7-5 10-8.
"Of course it's disappointing to lose. At the same time I think I have showed and reflected how much this team wants to win. You know, it's only the start of the weekend, we've got a lot of matches ahead and I'm aire we are going to give it everything to win," Auger-Aliassime said.
Berrettini admitted even he didn't know how he pulled off a comeback win over Auger-Aliassime. "I don't know," Berrettini said, when asked how did he overturn the deficit against Auger-Aliassime. Just fighting.
I felt the match was really hard. You know, Felix was playing really good, not giving me anything, no mistakes, serving really well. I felt a different energy, to know that I'm playing for my team, not just for myself, for my family. I felt great and they helped me a lot."