Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime couldn't hide his happiness after beating Roger Federer in Halle. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 21 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Federer 4-6 6-3 6-2 and reach the Halle quarterfinal.
"It’s a great victory, it’s good for my confidence. It was already a great challenge for me to play a player like Roger, but to beat him, it’s a great thing," Auger-Aliassime said. "It makes me really happy.
But at the end, it’s the quarter-finals in two days. "If it was the final, then I’d be really happy… it’s another step in the tournament, it’s a great match, so hopefully I can keep on going like that."
Auger-Aliassime claimed a comeback win
"In the first set, I didn’t think I could have played much better outside of just missing one forehand in my service game and then he hit two amazing passing shots and I was just like 'Whoa,’" Auger-Aliassime recalled.
"I understand how good he is and how good he was when he was No. 1 in the world, so it was tough." Meanwhile, Andrey Rublev joined Auger-Aliassime in the Halle quarterfinal after claiming a 6-4 6-4 win over Jordan Thompson.
“I just want to keep going match-by-match and I’m happy to be through to the quarter-finals for the second time,” said Rublev, who struck 20 winners past Thompson. “Winning two matches against tough players [also Karen Khachanov in the first round] is a positive and I want to get more confidence on the surface”.
Elsewhere, Australian Alex de Minaur beat fellow compatriot John Millman 6-3 6-1 to reach the Queen's quarterfinal. “I’m very close to Johnny, so I want him to do as well as possible and would have loved for him to be on the other side of the draw and go deep,” De Minaur said.
“In a way, it also brings a certain level of respect towards the match and in some ways it actually helps me. I can kind of tell myself to be more focused and try to worry about my side of the court more. I think I handled that very well today and [I am] very happy with my performance”.
“It’s a surface that I feel like I adapt pretty quickly to. I’ve gotten two good wins here, so it’s a work in progress, I’m getting better every week and I’m just enjoying this part of the season”.