Stefanos Tsitsipas has never beaten Felix Auger-Aliassime. Not in juniors and now he’s 0-2 on the ATP after falling to the Canadian yesterday at Queen’s.
After the loss, Tsitsipas was frank on facing Augur-Aliassime:
He’s the most difficult opponent I’ve ever faced, and I think it’s gonna take a couple of tries to beat him.
It is very difficult, because he has one of the best returns on the tour. He has a really powerful, accurate serve, which is tough to read.
He’s really quick and fast, which is rare to find all of that combinations together, combined. Big forehand, big backhand. He can create a lot of opportunities from his backhand, but also, at the same time, he can be very aggressive from the forehand side.
There’s not much to come up with when you play against him. He’s pretty much solid from everywhere.
It does worry me, because — I mean, 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.
If not, then not. If yes, then fantastic. I’ll donate, I don’t know, 10,000 for that win to a charity (smiling).
He’s beaten me every single time we have faced each other: juniors and pro, he’s beaten me Indian Wells, he’s beating 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 5. Maybe not this year but next year or the year after. I would expect something like this.
With both players so young — just two years apart — this has the makings for a great rivalry, and one that will produce much more introspection from the Greek.
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