Felix Auger-Aliassime determined to build 'champion mentality'



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Felix Auger-Aliassime determined to build 'champion mentality'

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime is happy with the improvement he has made this season as he feels he is moving in the right direction. Auger-Aliassime recently made his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbleodn and he is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No.

15 in the world. Auger-Aliassime also made two ATP finals this year but he lost them and now his finals record stands at 0-8. “I mean I’ve tried to come with consistent work ethic and effort in every week,” Auger-Aliassime said, per the ATP website.

“There’s been ups and downs and I think that’s the kind of season. We play so many tournaments, the season is 11 months so you’re never going to be always up but I felt like I’ve been able to capitalise well whenever I was feeling well, whenever I was playing well, to have some good results.

“It could sometimes be a little bit better, it could be worse, but in the end I’m happy where I am reaching the Top 15 ranking, my first Grand Slam quarter-final. Things are moving in the right direction for me”.

Auger-Aliassime wantsf to build 'champion mentality'

Auger-Aliassime hired former Rafael Nadal's coach Toni Nadal. “This mentality with Toni, this champion mentality that I call it, for us we’re trying to build this mentality where I’m in the present of being humble, not too worried about the future, not too frustrated about the past and I feel like that’s what we’ve been trying to do and that’s the vision to be hopefully one day… close to that near-perfect balance of being in the present”.

Auger-Aliassime, who made the final at a 250 event in Melbourne earlier this year, is hoping to make some notable results this hard season. “I think the start of the year I was playing well on the hard courts so I think I’m going to play well now on the hard court swing in the next couple of weeks to gain some confidence and bring some good results,” he said.

“I try to take it one week at a time. There are so many weeks in the season. I feel like to be consistent you really have to make an effort to stay in the present. “It’s easy to catch yourself looking at the future and hoping I’m making either Turin [or Milan] Finals for me so I try to stay in the present. We don’t know what the future holds”.