Auger-Aliassime talks about ousting top three in men's tennis


Felix Auger-Aliassime believes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have pushed the limit in terms of what it takes to win, thus making it harder for the younger generation to supplant them.

Tennis is currently on hiatus while it waits for competition to resume following the deadly impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to the decision to cancel tennis for the foreseeable future, Auger-Aliassime was one of the in-form players of the year with back-to-back finals in Rotterdam and Marseille.

Towards the end of last year, the Canadian had reached a career-high of 17 in the world rankings after a breakthrough season.

Ever since becoming the second-youngest player win two Challenger Tour titles in 2017, Auger-Aliassime has been tipped for greatness.

But standing in his way remains Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, who have shown few signs of letting their superiority go.

Nevertheless, the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem have all enjoyed success against the 'Big Three' in recent years and are desperately working to close the gap.

In an interview with Eurosport's Tennis Legends vodcast with Mats Wilander and Boris Becker, Auger-Aliassime was asked when the young players will eventually start winning Grand Slams.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated the sport (Image: GETTY)

And the 19-year-old conceded Federer, Nadal and Djokovic still have the edge over him and his contemporaries.

"People need to see new faces win big tournaments," Auger-Aliassime replied.

"I'm a part of that and there are players that are a bit older than me that are getting much closer, with [Daniil] Medvedev and [Stefanos] Tsitsipas and [Alexander] Zverev and Dominic [Thiem].

"For sure, we have to push, but I think the tough part is the level that the top three guys still play at, and I think with the commitment and the knowledge and the high level, now they are pushing the limits in terms of how long they can sustain that level.

"You saw a top player like Stan [Wawrinka], who won his first Grand Slam at 29 or almost 30 years old.

"I am young, but I feel like there is something new to see [with the top three], and I think they are always pushing barriers in terms of playing well at their older age.

Meanwhile, Nadal believes tennis may not return in 2020, describing it as 'practically lost' due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would sign up right now just to being ready for 2021,” Nadal said.

“I’m more concerned with the Australian Open [in January 2021] than with what happens later this year. I think 2020 has been practically lost. I’m hopeful of being able to start next year.”

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