“I think you just feel more in your place. It's like everything in life, when you break new grounds, you don't feel, let's say, as comfortable, or you kind of feel out of your comfort zone. Now of course playing more and more Grand Slams and I have gone to semi-finals, I feel like, I feel more in my place,” said Auger-Aliassime.
“I also know that matches are long. You have to stay relaxed, stay composed, stay calm, because you know there is going to be opportunities to come back. We saw it in the first round. So really, I think I'm just more relaxed and more composed and have better self-confidence that I can go into second week, I can go into quarters or more.
“So for sure past experiences, what they do is just to give more confidence but they don't grant you any wins.”
Learning from Toni
Auger-Aliassime has a lot going for him; but one item he has yet to check off his bucket list is winning an individual ATP title.
The Québécois has lost all eight ATP finals he has contested so far – a stat that could haunt him every week had he not surrounded himself with a great team consisting of co-coaches Frederic Fontang and Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach Toni Nadal.