Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer kept it classy after losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime as he admitted that the Canadian was the better player during their match. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 21 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Federer 4-6 6-3 6-2 in Halle.
“Of course I know Felix is a great player and he was better today,” Federer admitted. “I would have maybe lost anyhow. But it’s a tough court to play on, so it makes me really happy looking back at how grateful I can be about how well it’s gone here in Halle and how difficult it is to win here.
This type of third set I cannot accept. “I realized it was not going to be my day. There was nothing I [could] do. I started to get really negative and this is not normally how I am by any means. I think this is not something I’m happy about and proud about, but at the same time, if I look at my 1,500 matches I’ve played, these things happen.
The good thing is that I know it will not happen the next time around and the next time and the next time”.
Federer determined to have a successful comeback
“It’s a huge challenge for me,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion commented.
“Everybody who has been in multiple surgeries or a tough surgery knows what I’m talking about. Things don’t come simple, they don’t come easy. You second-guess yourself rather quickly unfortunately, and that’s sometimes the biggest worry: the worry of pain or the worry of how you’re going to feel the next day or when you wake up, the first steps, how did they feel? All this stuff, it takes a little bit of a toll on you sometimes”.
After his big win over his "idol" Federer, Auger-Aliassime was full of happiness and excitement. “It’s amazing; an amazing win,” the 21-year-old Canadian assured. “I for sure didn’t expect this.
Of course I come into the match trying to win, but Roger was my idol like many of us growing up. First off, it was a huge honor to play him before he retired and to beat him is something amazing that I have with me. “I always thought he would be gone by the time I arrived, because he was winning Grand Slams when I was only five years old.
So I never expected to play him. I just wanted to be a professional one day; I didn’t think I would get to his level. So now to be on the same court and get the win is an honor for m