Felix Auger-Aliassime (11 °) will enter, from next Monday, in the Top 10 for the first time in his career. But he will do it in a particular way: he will be the fourth player in history to reach that position without first having won an ATP title.
A new fall in decisive instances leaves the Canadian with the desire to conquer the long-awaited inaugural trophy. The defeat in the semifinals at the hands of his compatriot Denis Shapovalov He once again dashed the hopes of the young man but now he is on the verge of a new record. He will enter, from next Monday, the Top 10 without having previously achieved a title. It will be added to a limited list made up of Mikael Pernfors, Cédric Pioline and Marcos Baghdatis.
The chances of winning that long-awaited trophy have occurred on numerous occasions during the last three years: since that first final of River 2019 to latest in Stuttgart a few months ago, the Canadian had eight chances to seal that achievement but has not yet been able to do so.
Situation that leads him to occupy a position in the list of players who reached the elite of the ranking without titles behind him. Swedish Pernfors he reached his best position in the ranking in 1986 and two years later he won the first of his three individual trophies. After his debut as one of the top ten in the world, the French Pioline he also broke down that fence and acquired five titles, including the Monte Carlo Masters in 2000. Finally, Baghdatis He also had to wait until he achieved his maximum rise in the rankings to be able to celebrate in Beijing, the beginning of a series of five glasses.
So, following the background of the players who accompany Felix on that list, it could be said that there is still much to write in his history as a professional tennis player.