Felix Auger-Aliassime news: ‘It’s amazing,’ says Canadian after defeating Marin Cilic

Felix Auger-Aliassime celebrates

Felix Auger-Aliassime has reached his first-ever Australian Open quarter-final with victory over world No 27 Marin Cilic on Monday.

This is the second year in a row the world No 9 is through to the second week at Melbourne Park.

On Sunday, the 21-year-old defeated Britain’s Dan Evans to set up a showdown with Cilic and he completed the job with a 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) win over the former US Open champion.

The Canadian will now face world No 2 Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday, the Russian dispatched American Maxime Cressy 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 in his fourth-round clash.

“It’s amazing. It puts my belief even higher. I lost three times to Marin in the past, this is my first win against him and in an important moment like this,” Auger-Aliassime said after the match.

“I told him at the end of the match he’s a champion, the way he handles himself and the way he plays and I knew he was going to come out with his best level and test me and make me earn my win.”

Auger-Aliassime is the second Canadian to reach the quarter-finals at this year’s event after Denis Shapovalov produced a marvelous 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win over Alexander Zverev to face Rafael Nadal on Tuesday.

Auger-Aliassime added: “So I’m really relieved and happy to get through, especially the way I did it.”