World No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime says his self-confidence is the key behind his great 2021 season..
Auger-Aliassime, 21, has been pretty consistent throughout the entire year and he is now set to break into the top-10 for the first time in his career.
Auger-Aliassime ended runner-up at the Murray River Open in Melbourne and Stuttgart this year.
Also, the Canadian made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open and also reached the quarterfinal at Wimbledon.
“I feel more mature as a player and as a person. I feel like I know more what I want to do on the court. I know how I want to handle myself, how I want to play, how I want to approach the game. It might not be so precise explaining it but that’s really what I feel inside. When things come together and I have more and more of a clear idea what of what I want to do, I play good tennis,” Auger-Aliassime explained, as revealed by Tumaini Carayol.
“And I think I have more confidence than from a year ago that I can compete with all the best players in the world, that I have a shot of beating e everybody. Yes, I have proved it in a way through my results. But to have that self-confidence that you can do it, really deep in yourself, I think that’s the big thing that has been improved in the last year, that winning mentality.”
Auger-Aliassime aiming to win his first ATP title
Auger-Aliassime is having a good week at the Stockholm Open and now he is two wins away from winning his maiden ATP title.
On Thursday, second-seeded Auger-Aliassime saw off Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-4 to reach the Stockholm semifinal.
Auger-Aliassime broke van de Zandschulp once in the first set and twice in the second set to book a straight-set win.
Auger-Aliassime has a 0-8 record in ATP finals.