‘The ATP Finals is the breakthrough I want to make,’ says Felix Auger Aliassime

Felix Auger Aliassime says he hopes Toni Nadal will bring ‘experience at the highest level’ to help him achieve his year end goal – a place at the ATP Finals.

The Finals, a Masters 1000 tournament, is the year-end event exclusively for the top ranked eight players in the world.

With Auger Aliassime currently ranked 21 in the world, it will be a challenging task ahead, especially with the form that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still showing, not to mention consistent high level play from the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitisipas, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev.

But with the news that Toni Nadal has joined the young Canadian’s coaching team, there is optimism that he can inspire the kind of tennis that he was instrumental in bringing to his nephew, Rafael Nadal’s career.

“In the last month of last year I was starting to think that there might be a possibility for me in the future to work with someone with a lot of experience at the highest level,” Auger Aliassime said.

“We were lucky to be able to make contact with Toni. I’m very lucky to be able to learn.

“Things are going well. We are working hard. Everybody is getting along very well. We have to continue that way. There’s a lot of work to do. I have to improve. I have to do things better and better.”

The aim, he said, with Toni on the team is the make the year-end Masters.

“I want to keep going, making progress,” Auger Aliassime said. “I’m top 20. I’ve been that for a bit more than a year, because of the COVID. I’m at a good level.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m playing well. Sometimes I don’t play that well. But I want to keep improving. I want results.

“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. This is the breakthrough I want to make. We’ll see if I’m able to do it.”

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