Felix Auger-Aliassime, 21, admitted losing consecutive ATP finals was “tough mentally” but he always tried to keep a positive spirit and to encourage himself that he would return better.
Auger-Aliassime reached his maiden ATP final in the February of 2019 in Rio de Janeiro.
There, Auger-Aliassime suffered a straight-set defeat to Laslo Djere.
After losing his first ATP final, Auger-Aliassime also lost his next seven ATP finals.
Then finally, Auger-Aliassime clinched his first ATP title after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in this year’s Rotterdam final.
“Everytime I lost one of those finals, it was tough mentally but I thought this year I’m going to be a different player. That means I’m going to try to play a better match and when I get into those finals, I’m going to try to play better tennis. I really felt like I was able to put all those negative things to the side, really focus on the positive, be optimistic, and approach a match with a lot of confidence,” Auger-Aliassime explained, per the ATP website.
Auger-Aliassime on breaking into the top-10
In January, Auger-Aliassime became a top-10 player for the first time in his career.
Auger-Aliassime is currently the ninth-ranked player in the world.
“It was a big relief for me and my team,” Auger-Aliassime admitted.
After winning his first ATP title and breaking into the top-10, Auger-Aliassime admits he now has even bigger goals.
Auger-Aliassime is now certainly targeting to win a Grand Slam and reach the top spot.
“My goals are now even higher,” Auger-Aliassime underlined.
Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime is set to compete at this week’s ATP event in Los Cabos.
Auger-Aliassime is the second-seeded player and he has a first round bye in Los Cabos.
Auger-Aliassime plays in the last-16 either John Millman or qualifier Alex Hernandez.
It remains to be seen if Auger-Aliassime can clinch his second ATP title this week on the hard courts of Los Cabos.