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What he’s done since last summer
- Runner-up at three ATP finals (Cologne, Melbourne, Stuttgart)
- Won a Masters 1000 doubles title (Paris-Bercy)
- Reached two Grand Slam fourth rounds (2020 US Open, 2021 Australian Open)
- Upset Roger Federer in Halle
- Auger-Aliassime hit 130 aces in his first 16 matches of 2021.
The 20-year-old has spent the last three years on the precipice of a major breakthrough. Two Grand Slam fourth-round appearances and eight ATP tour finals have earned plenty of attention, and now hopes the big-time coaching hire of Toni Nadal will aid him in that final push into the top echelons of the sport.
“It's one thing to feel I'm playing good, but the other thing is to have results, improve my ranking, be part of the Masters at the end of the year,” he said at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. “This is the breakthrough I want to make. We'll see if I'm able to do it.”
Auger-Alisassime is arguably the most versatile young talent in the men’s game, proving capable on all surfaces and even winning a Masters 1000 title in doubles last fall. He has a bourgeoning rivalry with Stefanos Tsitsipas, whom he has beaten twice in five meetings.