Question of youth, which unites the present with the future. Felix Auger-Aliassime, 21, took another big step at the US Open and will face in the quarterfinals the boom of the tournament, Carlos Alcaraz, whom he rightly sees as the best on the professional circuit for a long time
The Canadian has just reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and now he did so in New York, managing to be the youngest with this double among the top eight of two Grand Slam in a row since the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro in 2009. And now it’s Alcaraz’s turn, who at just 18 years old, is already the youngest quarter-finalist of the United States Open in the professional era, which began in 1968.
“I still haven’t thought much about that game that is coming, I just want to enjoy this victory and rest. This Monday I will prepare the match. I know that he is playing well and that everything he is experiencing this week is new for him. I will have to be ready to respond to his best tennis, as he will continue to show it on the court, “said the Canadian, led by Spanish Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and former coach.
“The truth is that I see Carlos as a great player, but also as a great person. He deserves everything that is happening to him here this week. I think he will be the best tennis player in the world for many years to come,” said Auger- Aliassime in New York.
“I knew that in this tournament there was going to be a lot at stake. Djokovic is looking to make history, but the absences of Nadal, Federer and Thiem open the range of candidates to many young players who are hungry for triumphs. I feel that there is a lot of equality, all of us they are difficult to beat and each encounter is an incredible battle, “he remarked.
“I am not yet fully aware of the influence I can have on youth. I am proud of myself, for having overcome a difficult path to become a professional and play in these great tournaments. And I want to do something great through sports. It would be very rewarding to have a positive impact on others, “he added.