Auger Aliassime challenges Sinner: "I've already beaten him twice"

The Canadian will challenge the Italian tomorrow in Madrid quarters and, at the press conference, he talked about his upcoming rival

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Auger Aliassime challenges Sinner: "I've already beaten him twice"
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"I've done this twice before, I can do it again." Felix Auger Aliassime will challenge Jannik Sinner tomorrow, in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open.  That is, if the young Italian will be able to play, given his recent physical problems.

The Canadian surprised an expert clay-court tennis player like Casper Ruud by giving himself the match against his young Italian rival. 

The media present at the press conference underlined how Felix leads Sinner 2-0 in head-to-head matches. The Canadian beat his next rival for the first time in Madrid, two years ago. The second success came in Cincinnati, again in 2022.

“I beat him twice, but things have changed a little for the better for him. But I have to believe in myself, that I can beat him, I have the reasons given the precedents. I will have to express my maximum level," he told.

Felix Auger Aliassime
Felix Auger Aliassime© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

By beating Ruud, Auger-Aliassime won his first match against a top-10 player this season. A great goal after a long dark period.

"I'm really happy to be able to show what I've worked on, finally starting to show on the playing field too. This sport is a marathon. I'm trying with my team to build a better level over the weeks.

Sometimes it doesn't go the way you want. In the last few weeks I have had heavy defeats. This week, however, things are going very well," told the Canadian at the press conference in Madrid, after beating the Norwegian.

Felix Auger Aliassime
Felix Auger Aliassime© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Sinner's words

Meanwhile, Sinner, after the victory against Karen Khakhanov, admitted that he had overcome the hip problems that had worried him

"The hip? Good question, I've played a lot of matches this year, I'm aware that these things can happen. I chose to play in the end today even though I didn't feel 100%, also because I also knew that if I won, with the rest day tomorrow I would be able to recover better," he explained.

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