Miami | Auger-Aliassime sets new record.
Felix Auger-Aliassime continues to make the headlines. Having qualified for the Miami Masters, the Canadian teenager now proudly sits in a semi-final spot of the second Masters event of the year to become the first 18-year-old and the youngest semi-finalist in the tournament’s history.
A lot of things are working, obviously. I think I have been just improving in the last couple of weeks Felix Auger-Aliassime
He beat Borna Coric 7-6(3) 6-2, the 11th seed, and admitted he had surprised himself.
“Playing Borna, who’s been established for a few years now, I definitely didn’t expect to win,” said the youngster.
“I expected more – a set like in the first. But the second really surprised me. I felt like I had margin over him, had a bit of an edge. I just felt really comfortable out there from the first balls.”
The teenager who you would expect to see playing juniors events rather than battling with the established seniors, started the year ranked 108 but is now sitting comfortably in the top 30 and could go higher next week following his run in Miami.
“A lot of things are working, obviously. I think I have been just improving in the last couple of weeks,” he said. “But I don’t want to look back right now. I think I will do at the end of the tournament. Right now, I’m looking forward to the next match and how far I can go in this tournament. Definitely I will take some time back home to reset and think about what happened.”
His next task is to try and upset the defending champion John Isner as they clash for a place in the final and he knows it needs a different approach.
“Obviously I think maybe I’ll have to maybe adjust my return position. Maybe see the stats where he’s serving best, look at the match how he played today in these tiebreaks, to see where he likes serving on important points.
“From there, you know, just focus on myself, what I have to do first, and then figure out a way to break him.”
In his quarterfinal match, the top American beat the man who upset Novak Djokovic, Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(1) 7-6(5) in what was his fourth consecutive match won on tie-break sets.
Meanwhile Roger Federer required 61-minutes to complete the quarter-final line up when he dispatched Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-2 in their rain-delayed fourth round encounter.
Medvedev was in fine form, the 23-year-old having won his fourth ATP career title in Sofia last month and aiming for his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.
But in front of a packed auditorium, Swiss legend Federer rolled back the years with a dominant display to serve notice of his intent to land his 101st career title in Sunday’s final.
“The key moment was when I held at the end of the first set but in the second I played well and really went for my shots,” Federer said.
And he expects the best in the quarter-finals from Anderson despite the South African’s recent right elbow injury.
“I am happy to see Kevin playing again after his injury problems,” Federer said. “He’s one of the best servers in the world.”