Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander thinks Felix Auger-Aliassime will be a "great player" but he is not convinced that the world No. 9 will win big titles. On Wednesday, Auger-Aliassime fell just short of pulling off a big upset as Daniil Medvedev recovered from two sets down to beat the Canadian 6-7 (4) 3-6 7-6 (2) 7-5 6-4.
Auger-Aliassime, 21, has made eight ATP finals so far in his career but he has yet to win a title. “This proves to me that he will be one of the best players in the world. Will he get over the hump to win a major? There have been some great players who haven’t won majors and you don’t know why," Wilander told Eurosport.
“But in terms of the physicality he’s a player that you don’t want to face because he can take it away with his serve, with his forehand, he’s not that slow either so it’s not easy to hurt him.
He’s going to be a great player”.
Auger-Aliassime 'proud' of his performance
“I can go back and think I wish I made different choices, or I wish Daniil didn’t play as good in certain moments,” Auger-Aliassime said, per Tennis Majors.
“At the end of the day, I can’t regret the effort that I put, and the chances I gave myself. I like to look at it in a positive way. Of course I would have loved to win. I love to win every time. It sucks to lose in the end, but that’s life.
I just need to accept it. “I wish I could go back and change it, but I can’t. So, you know, I have accepted it already. It is what it is. I look at it in a very positive way. So far I played two tournaments this year. I showed some good level again today.
“Yeah, it’s unfortunate I couldn’t win, but it was a good match. I showed good things. You know, I’m going to leave Australia with my head held high, and I’m going to go into the rest of the season knowing that I can play well, I can play well against the best players in the world”.