Speaking on Amazon Prime the pundit Greg Rusedski praised Felix Auger-Aliassime's breakthrough. The 18-year-old Canadian defeated Borna Coric to reach the Miami Open semifinals, before being beaten by John Isner. "He is the real deal", admitted Rusedski.
"You look at him, he’s come through qualifiers this week - which is incredible in itself. You look at the wins, [Marton] Fucsovics, [Hubert] Hurkacz, then [Nikoloz] Basilashvili. You look at the one-two punch with the serve and the forehand, the serve is rapid, 120mph, 125mph-plus already at his age - it’s only going to get stronger.
You can see the rotation and the spin he creates. The names he’s beaten are guys who are pretty solid mentally and physically. To do that at 18 years of age, the last guy I saw doing that at 18 years of age was Rafael Nadal.
The comparison, we were talking about the Challenger circuit, he was winning Challengers at 15 and the only two guys to do that were Rafa and Juan Martin del Potro. He is in a good class with guys who have gone on to have great careers and win major championships.
He just keeps on impressing me match after match. He has a great aura about him, a presence. He’s got that superstar appeal”. "It’s incredible. When you think about it, two months ago he’s playing Challengers and now he’s able to play his seventh match, being so solid.
And coming off Indian Wells where he played incredible tennis as well. I completely agree with Greg, this guy has got it all. Especially seeing him in the interviews, how he behaves himself off the court, he’s such a humble guy and so mature for his age.
He’s going to be lifting a lot of Grand Slam trophies. What impresses me most is his maturity and the head he’s got on his shoulders. If you don’t have the right attitude, it’s something we’ve seen and questioned with Nick Kyrgios’ game or with Alexander Zverev, how focused he is at the moment.
With Felix, I feel like he’s really all there and I don’t think there’s not one hole. I can’t see one weakness in his game or his mental attitude. He’s going to be, in no time, in the top 10”.