About halfway through the 2019 season, young Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime has been one of the breakout stars.
The 18-year-old already has 28 wins on the year with three ATP finals, two semifinals and seven Top 20 wins including two over Top 10 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Auger-Aliassime has seen his ranking jump from outside the Top 100 at No. 108 at the start of the year to a current mark of No. 21.
“I think it’s the result of a lot of work behind, years and months,” he said of his rise. “I think even last year I was having wins that I’m having this year, like, beating top 20 players, but I just couldn’t find a way to repeat that over the weeks and, you know, on a full tournament.
“I think this year is just like the fact that everything added up, all the work that I have done, because I felt like for a year now I have been playing pretty well, but 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. I haven’t left sight of it. I think that’s how I explain my rapid rise this year.”
And in the ATP 2019 points race, he’s 10th and in position for a shot at the London Finals.
Here’s how the Race shapes up as of June 24:
1 Rafael Nadal 5505
2 Novak Djokovic 4725
3 Roger Federer 3860
4 Dominic Thiem 3305
5 Stefanos Tsitsipas 2985
6 Daniil Medvedev 1765
7 Kei Nishikori 1710
8 Alexander Zverev 1580
9 Fabio Fognini 1550
10 Felix Auger-Aliassime 1391
11 Gael Monfils 1340
12 Roberto Bautista Agut 1260
13 Matteo Berrettini 1230
14 Stan Wawrinka 1175
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