Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime clinched his third top-10 win on Tuesday but afterward claimed he isn't too much concerned about the rankings. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 21 in the world, handed a 6-1 6-3 loss to world No.
10 Diego Schwartzman in the Rome Masters second round. Auger-Aliassime broke Schwartzman in the second game as he took an early 3-0 lead. Schwartzman got on the board in the fourth game but again dropped three consecutive games and ended up losing the opener.
Auger-Aliassime blew an early second-set break but then broke Schwartzman two more times to book a straight-set win. "I don't know. I don't think about rankings too much to be honest. Of course, Diego is a tough opponent always.
Again, sometimes matches against those ranked 20, 30, 40, are tougher. Of course, most of the time players in the top 10 are tough. For me it's just two men trying to win. That's really what it is," Auger-Aliassime said.
The collaboration between Auger-Aliassime and coach Toni Nadal going well
"I think, no. I'm still who I am in terms of commitment, in terms of intensity, in terms of work ethic. Of course, I think having him there, I think he can be motivating also to push a little bit more sometimes.
But in the end I stayed the player that I am. Just trying to improve really," Auger-Aliassime said of his collaboration with coach Nadal. "Toni has always been very present, giving a lot of feedback, very supportive, communicating well.
He's not here this week, but we're in touch. Wherever he's there, there's also a lot of live feedback when we practice. Every shot, we see what I could have done better, what I did well. "Overall it's in my whole game, with my forehand getting more and more precise, my backhand getting more and more solid and precise as well. There's many things I can improve. He's helping me on that."