Felix Auger-Aliassime's surname is only going to be a tongue-twister for so long. The more he wins, the more he'll be featured on broadcasts, websites and as part the overall conversation. Tennis fans learned how to pronounce Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova's name a long time ago, after her rise up the rankings; given Auger-Aliassime's upward flight path, saying Auger-Aliassime will soon be like saying Smith.
While Auger-Aliassime's latest win, over Malek Jaziri in Barcelona on Wednesday, doesn't jump off the page, one of the 18-year-old Canadian's shots in the match certainly did. FAA didn't go sky-high—this was ground control from Felix, and it was some of the craftiest we've seen on tour this year. (Video above.)
BARCELONA: Watched replay Felix Auger-Aliassime v Malek Jaziri. FAA wins 6-3, 7-6 (7). FAA good 1st set but a little off in 2nd - saves 3 SPs in the TB. After (8) Fognini pulls out, seeds left in his quarter - (4) Nishikori, his next opponent, (9) Shapovalov and himself (16) pic.twitter.com/J3WdIeUenD— Tom Tebbutt (@tomtebbutt) April 24, 2019
As Canadian journalist Tom Tebbutt notes in his tweet, Auger-Aliassime's victory could be the start of something special, but there's still plenty of challenges in his way, starting Thursday against Kei Nishikori. And if he wins that one, we'll all get a little more familiar with the player—and the person.
Forvo is great for this stuff: https://t.co/rARiylIeNS— Faruk Ahmet (@farukahmet) March 13, 2018