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‘Star-dust!’ Rotterdam Open champion Felix Auger-Aliassime reveals his goal in collaborating with Toni Nadal

After winning his maiden ATP title, Felix Auger-Aliassime discussed about his association with Toni Nadal in a recent interview.

Felix Auger-Aliassime with coach Toni Nadal (R) and Frederick Fontang (L)

Felix Auger Aliassime is undoubtedly one of the rising stars in the world of tennis, considered one of the hottest prospects at this point in time. The 21-year-old had a stunning Australian Open campaign, reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament.

In his sensational run, the young World No.9 defeated the likes of British No.1 Dan Evans and former Grand Slam finalist Marin Cilic. The performance would definitely be a confidence booster for the rest of the Canadian’s season.

Getting to know Aliassime better

Felix Auger-Aliassime

Felix Auger-Aliassime held an 0-8 record in tour-level finals before Sunday, but he produced a dominant performance in Rotterdam to change that record and win his maiden title. After the win, ATPTour.com sat down with the Canadian and delved deep into the Canadian so that his fans could get to know him better.

He started the interview by obviously talking about his maiden ATP title win, labeling it as a dream come true, referring to the suffering on the way due to his previous finals losses.

He then went on to speak about his coaches Frederic Fontang and Toni Nadal. Speaking on Toni, who is the uncle and long-time coach of Australian Open defending champion Rafael Nadal, the Canadian said that he had brought him into the team to add the star-dust and a winning mentality to the team.

The Canadian revealed that Toni helped him build a lot of confidence for the whole team and to coach in how to perform under pressure, which has helped in winning big matches and reaching the latter stages of Grand Slams.

“I think we took Toni to have that experience from the top of the sport and he built a lot of confidence [for] the team and normality to winning tournaments like this and reaching late stages at Grand Slams,” he said.

Aliassime’s perspective makes sense, as a personality like Toni Nadal undoubtedly adds a lot of winning quality into a team owing to the successful time he has had in building a world champion like Rafael Nadal from scratch and helping him get to the top.

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