Felix Auger-Aliassime shocks sport

Felix Auger-Aliassime shocks sport

The 19-year-old native of Richmond Hill, Ont., joined fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, 18, in the men's semifinals of the Miami Open with a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 win over American Frances Tiafoe on Thursday night. "I'll try to get as many balls back as possible". "I wasn't able to do like all the other matches and just focus on what I had to do, and it really got to me too hard".

About the Federer match, Shapovalov admitted: "I started off a little bit tight".

And the success for Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov in Miami follows the story of 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu winning the title at Indian Wells earlier this month. "It's great to hear all these good comments from them".

"Playing Borna, who's been established for a few years now, I definitely didn't expect to win", he said after the win. He and Boric exchanged baseline rallies throughout the opening set and Felix was often seen taking charge.

Isner will face either Roger Federer or Denis Shapovalov in the final. Even the first serve, if you put it in, you don't have to hit the second serve. "I said before the tournament the chances were I would not defend my title".

"Obviously it's a privilege to be compared to all these great players", Auger-Aliassime said. He'll jump to a career-best No. 33 in next week's rankings.

Auger-Aliassime, 18, had been 5-0 against top-20 opponents prior to his loss to Isner, now ranked no. 9 in the world.

Away from the ever-brightening spotlight, Auger-Aliassime always had confidence in himself. "But I think I'm seeing the long term, and right now I'm just enjoying every day, enjoying every match, because you never know what's going to happen next".

The shortcomings against Isner should not overshadow the fact that Auger-Aliassime served brilliantly and to devastating effect in winning other matches - flawless examples being against No. 36 Marton Fucsovics in the second round and No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the round-of-16.

"I did the best I could", he said.

His opponent Sunday will be the victor of the second semifinal between three-time champion Roger Federer and another Canadian teenager, 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov.

Auger-Aliassime is the youngest player left in a tournament where plenty of youngsters have made splashes, yet he says there's no time right now to think about how rapidly his stock is rising.

The French Open victor will play No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova for a spot in the final. "But I think it's all positives".

In women's play, Simona Halep came back from a 1-5 deficit in the second set to stop Qiang Wang, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the final four of Miami. It puts a lot of belief in tennis in Canada. In the quarter-final clash, Felix took down the 11th seed Borna Coric 7-6, 6-2 in an hour and 48 minutes to become the third youngest Masters 1000 semi-finalist after the compatriot Denis Shapovalov and Michael Chang, improving his score over the rivals from the top-20 to 5-0!

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