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Roger Federer: Felix Auger-Aliassime responds to Swiss star after Miami Open heroics

February 15, 2020

Felix Auger-Aliassime is a rising star in the men’s game (Image: GETTY) Auger-Aliassime has been on the radar as the next big thing after dominating the juniors, becoming the youngest player to break into the top 250 in the ATP rankings aged just 16 and is the eighth youngest winner on the ATP Challenger Tour  Injuries hampered the young Canadian in 2018 but he has made up for lost time by making major moves this year  Auger-Aliassime has won 14 matches this season, moved to a career-high 33 in the world rankings and beaten the likes of Borna Coric, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Fabio Fognini  And at last week’s Miami Open he reached a maiden Masters 1000 semi-final against John Isner Related articles Bold Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal claim made Roger Federer was TERRIBLE – ex-ATP star makes stunning claim  Despite losing to the big-serving American in two tie-breaks, Auger-Aliassime served for each set before being broken  And his performances caught the eye of Federer, who was the eventual winner of the tournament  Federer invited Auger-Aliassime to practice with him in Dubai in 2017 but injury cut short the training block  Nevertheless, Federer remained a keen observer saying: “He was a joy to work with  “He was ranked like 200, and I knew he was on the rise but maybe not this quickly ” And the Swiss added that Auger-Aliassime and his compatriot Denis Shapovalov are the two young players to watch at the moment  “I think it’s going to be a really, really interesting year, and here in Miami, we see two of the most talented guys out there on the Tour right now,” Federer said  Auger-Aliassime has returned to Canada to begin his preparations for the clay season and he has already received a wildcard into the Madrid Open Related articles Roger Federer receives significant boost as ‘RF’ deal with Nike ends Roger Federer: Ronnie O’Sullivan responds to Neil Robertson claim  At a news conference, he was asked about the praise he’s received from the likes of Federer  And he told reporters: “[It] is a great sign that I’m doing some good things. “For people like that to say good things about me means I’m on the right path ”

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