Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted he has no answer for Felix Auger-Aliassime after the Canadian toppled the top seed today in the Queen’s quarterfinals 7-5, 6-2.
With the weather out of the way for now, bright skies were a welcome site in London, and the 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime kept his hammerlock on the Greek scoring his second win of the season, and including juniors, he’s perfect against Tsitsipas.
“He’s the most difficult opponent I’ve ever faced,” Tsitsipas said. “And I think it’s gonna take a couple of tries to beat him.
“It’s upsetting obviously that he’s better than me. I have to accept that he’s better than me.
“I might never beat him, but if I think that way, just need to wait, years maybe, for that chance to come.
“He’s beaten me every single time we have faced each other: juniors and pro, he’s beaten me at Indian Wells, he’s beaten me here, he’s beaten me a couple of times in juniors.
“I only beat him in doubles. I don’t even count that one, because doubles is doubles. He has the whole package to play big, to beat – I’m sure if he ever gets the difficult chance to play Nadal, Djokovic or Federer – he’s going to beat them, for sure.
“I will not be surprised if he gets wins over those guys. We will definitely see him in the top five. Maybe not this year but next year or the year after. I would expect something like this.”
Auger-Aliassime has won seven of eight matches on grass this month.
“I had zero expectations coming here, but I’ve managed to handle my nerves and keep my serve all the time,” Auger-Aliassime said.
“I think this year I just kind of found my rhythm, I just found my beat, and I think I have been on the right track,” he said.
“I haven’t left sight of it. I think that’s how I explain my rapid rise this year.”
Auger-Aliassime will now battle the 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez who knocked out another Canadian, Milos Raonic, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).
In the other semifinals, Gilles Simon, a winner over Nicolas Mahut in a final set breaker, takes on Daniil Medvedev after the Russian crushed Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2.
In doubles, Andy Murray is still in the event after his doubles match was suspended due to darkness. Murray and Feliciano Lopez took the first 6-4 but were down 5-4 in the second to Ken Skupski and Dan Evans.
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