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Becker's Wimbledon feat not on teen star Auger-Aliassime's mind
London (AFP) - Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime claimed the scalp of Greek top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 victory on Friday but laughed off suggestions he could emulate Boris Becker in winning Queen's and Wimbledon back-to-back.
At 18, Auger-Aliassime became the youngest Queen's semi-finalist since Australia's Lleyton Hewitt at the same age in 1999.
However, Auger-Aliassime, who has risen to the cusp of the top 20 from outside the top 100 this year, said he is not thinking of achieving what 17-year-old Becker did in 1985 when he swept the Queen's and Wimbledon titles.
London (AFP) - Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime laid down a marker for Wimbledon as he claimed the scalp of Greek top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at Queen's on Friday with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 victory.
At 18, Auger-Aliassime becomes the youngest Queen's semi-finalist since Australia's Lleyton Hewitt at the same age in 1999.
The Canadian may have been seeded lower, but he owns a perfect record against Tsitsipas with three victories as a junior and now two on the ATP Tour.
Tsitsipas -- two years older than his opponent -- ruefully admitted he is going to have to find a magic formula to beat Auger-Aliassime.
"He's the most difficult opponent I've ever faced, and I think it's gonna take a couple of tries to beat him," said Tsitsipas.
"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."
why not? Got to thing BIG, dude.
What stands out is Tsitispas' admission that Felix is the toughest opponent he's ever faced and that he might never be able to beat him. I just hope Felix' health maintains as he's already had heart surgery.
You are right. He walked right by. Fans were screaming Felix, Felix, Felix. He stopped and signed anything handed to him. Took his time.. I was going "who is this young polite dude???"
If it's ATP, I know nobody. Well, the few old top guns like Nadal, Federer, Wawrinka, Del Potro... At least I can recognize them... I walked around the ATP practice courts and I had no clue why people were glued there watching. lol lol..