Stefanos Tsitsipas: Felix Auger-Aliassime is so good I worry I may never beat him
Stefanos Tsistipas has sowed the seeds of rivalry after admitting he worries that Felix Auger-Aliassime is so good he may never actually beat him.
The youngsters met at Queen’s on Friday, with Auger-Aliassime coming out on top in a fascinating match between two of the top youngsters on tour.
Tsitsipas is the higher-ranked player, but he is also two years older – and he admits Auger-Aliassime is likely to make a formidable rival.
“It does worry me [that I’ll never beat him],” Tsitsipas admitted.
“It’s upsetting obviously that he’s better than me. I have to accept that he’s better than me.
“I might never beat him, but if I think that way, just need to wait, years maybe, for that chance to come.
“He has the whole package to play big. I’m sure if he ever gets the difficult chance to play Nadal, Djokovic, or Federer, he’s going to beat them, for sure. I will not be surprised if he gets wins over those guys.
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“We will definitely see him in the Top 5. Maybe not this year, but next year or the year after.”
When asked to explain exactly what made Auger-Aiassime so good, Tsitsipas gave a glowing reference to the Canadian.
“It is very difficult, because he has one of the best returns on the tour. He has a really powerful, accurate serve, which is tough to read.
“He’s really quick and fast, which is rare to find all of those together, combined.
“Big forehand, big backhand. He can create a lot of opportunities from his backhand, but also, at the same time, he can be very aggressive from the forehand side.
“There’s not much to come up with when you play against him. He’s pretty much solid from everywhere.”
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