Felix Auger-Aliassime explains what Toni Nadal brought to his team



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Felix Auger-Aliassime explains what Toni Nadal brought to his team

Auger-Aliassime credits coach Frederic Fontang for helping him make a breakthrough on the Tour and gave credit to Toni Nadal for helping him take his game to another level. Last year, Auger-Aliassime added Uncle Toni to his coaching staff and since then he has won his first ATP title and broke into the top-10.

“Both are really important for me. Frederic has been the rock for the team. He is the leader and was able to build a great team around me and he is a real professional. I think he deserves more credit than he gets. He took me when I was 17 years old and has taken me to where I am today and we are not done.

It is a really special relationship we have,” Auger-Aliassime told the ATP website. “I think we took Toni to have that experience from the top of the sport and he built a lot of confidence [for] the team and normality to winning tournaments like this and reaching late stages at Grand Slams”.

Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov led Canada to a victory

Auger-Aliassime made a perfect start to the season as he and Shapovalov led Canada to winning their first ATP Cup title. Auger-Aliassime was asked how important it is that he and Shapovalov inspire the young generation of Canadian players.

“We have been doing well. This journey started in 2015 when we won junior doubles titles together and from there it has gotten better and better, year after year. He has been able to do amazing things also in this sport,” Auger-Aliassime said.

“I have been motivated to do the same and in the future we could have two Canadians regularly in the Top 10, which would be an amazing achievement for each other and for the country. To win the ATP Cup title was a dream.

I know it inspired a lot of people back home”. After helping Canada win the ATP Cup, Auger-Aliassime made the Australian Open quarterfinal and won his first ATP title in Rotterdam last week.