Auger-Aliassime’s career turns full circle with win over idol Tsonga

Felix Auger-Aliassime said his career turned full circle on Thursday after the 21-year-old defeated childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the quarterfinals in Marseille.

Auger-Aliassime fired seven aces and won 83 per cent of his first-serve points to beat French wild card Tsonga 7-6(2) 6-2 at the ATP 250 tournament, extending his winning streak to six matches.

The Canadian, who won his maiden ATP Tour title in Rotterdam last weekend, embraced Tsonga at the net after the match.

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“When the match was coming to the end, I knew it was going to be a special moment, a full-circle moment,” Auger-Aliassime told reporters.

“He was my top idol growing up and I saw myself in him at times.

“The other great players, I couldn’t relate to them.

They seemed they were from another planet but Jo seemed like a big brother.

“I told him how much he was my idol when I was growing up and he told me to aim for the stars and not be shy and I can go to the top.

World No 9 Auger-Aliassime, who reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month, will next face Belarusian Ilya Ivashka.


Auger-Aliassime’s career turns full circle with win over idol Tsonga

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