Felix Auger-Aliassime reacts to achieving goal of finishing season inside top-10

Felix Auger-Aliassime, 21, is happy with the progress he has made this year and he is thrilled to achieve his goal of finishing the season ranked inside the top-10. 

Following his Stockholm semifinal result, Auger-Aliassime cracked the top-10 for the first time in his career this Monday. 

“It is very big. It was one of my goals at the start of this year. I had to go from far as I was No. 21 in the world, so it wasn’t a given that I would finish inside the Top 10,” Auger-Aliassime told the ATP website. “It was also down to circumstances… But it’s tennis, it is what it is. For my part, I’m happy with the progress that I have made this year and where my level is at. I’m happy with this milestone is now behind me and I am a part of the Top 10.”

Auger-Aliassime keeps achieving his ranking goals 

“It’s always good to check off goals on my bucket list as a young player. Of course, the Top 100 for the first time, then I got rapidly into the Top 20. For me, it was kind of like, ‘When will the Top 10 come?’” Auger-Aliassime said. “Sometimes it goes fast, other times it takes longer than you think.

“But I’m happy this year I was able to make it, especially after the US Open I had, and also Wimbledon. I felt like maybe, ‘I’ve got a shot at this before the finishing the year’.”

Auger-Aliassime is 21 but he already has 100 ATP match wins. 

“It was not always easy at different stages of my young career. I’ve had to talk to my team and to myself and see how I [would] deal with this,” Auger-Aliassime said. “But at the end of the day, it has always come back to what is important in the day-to-day, focussing on the present and I think I’ve been able to follow my path. I have kept it in my own rhythm.

“Sometimes it went faster than I thought, sometimes things took a little bit longer, but in the end good things happen I guess when you follow your plan and do good work. It’s good proof that hard work can pay off.”

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