Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime couldn’t hide his happiness after stunning Alexander Zverev in the Wimbledon round-of-16.
Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 19 in the world, beat Zverev in five sets 6-4 7-6 (6) 3-6 3-6 6-4 to reach his first Wimbledon quarterfinal.
“It’s a dream come true, I’m just a normal guy from Canada,” said Auger-Aliassime. “It’s the biggest victory of my life, under a closed roof the atmosphere was amazing and I’m living this win with you.”
Auger-Aliassime blew an early fifth-set break but broke Zverev again to claim a tight win.
“It was super difficult, knowing I have never beaten him, let alone won a set against Alex,” said Auger-Aliassime. “When he started to come back I really needed to dig deep and without the fans it would have been a lot tougher.”
Auger-Aliassime plays Matteo Berrettini next
“It sounds great to be in the quarter-finals, against a good friend of mine, one of the best players in the world,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I think it will be exciting and I will attempt to play my best tennis.”
Berrettini, who recently won it all at the Queen’s Club, handed a straight-set defeat to Ilya Ivashka to set up an Auger-Aliassime clash.
“I feel like I’m not using a lot of energy, because I won most of my matches in three sets,” said Berrettini. “It’s really good for me if I look at the long run. I feel [that] I am playing the best tennis of my career.
“[Two years ago] I was playing [well], but everything was kind of new. I had to adjust a little bit. Now I have more confidence for sure, more experience as well. I know I can achieve my best results like [I reached the] quarters in Paris [at Roland Garros and] quarters here. Obviously, the tournament is not done yet. I’m really looking forward to achieving even more.”