Montrealer Félix Auger-Aliassime posted one of many largest wins of his tennis profession Wednesday when he upset former No. 1 Roger Federer 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 within the spherical of 16 of the Noventi Halle Open grass-court occasion in Germany.
“It’s an incredible win, and I for positive didn’t count on this,” a grinning Auger-Aliassime stated in an on-court interview. “You come into the match desirous to win, however Roger was my idol, like many people rising up. It was an enormous honour to play him earlier than he retired, and to beat him is one thing wonderful that I’ll all the time cherish.”
Federer, a 10-time winner at Halle, was taking part in towards the 20-year-old for the primary time. The pair share the identical birthday, Aug. 8, however are separated by 19 years — the largest age distinction in Federer’s 1,521 profession matches. Federer has served as a mentor to the Canadian on a number of events, inviting him to his residence in Dubai for low season coaching classes.
Auger-Aliassime will subsequent face American qualifier Marcos Giron.
Federer managed the rallies within the opening set, drawing Auger-Aliassime in with sensible method pictures and passing him on the web. The native of Switzerland transformed his lone break alternative with a blazing backhand down the road at 4-3, and comfortably closed out the set.