By Richard Pagliaro
Felix Auger-Aliassime begins his alliance with Toni Nadal with a transparent 2021 finish recreation.
The 20-year-old Canadian says he is aiming to earn a spot among the many elite eight for the season-ending ATP Finals, which can debut in Turin, Italy in November.
Toni Nadal joins Frederic Fontang on Auger-Aliassime’s teaching staff. Uncle Toni will not journey full-time as he retains his function as director of the Rafa Nadal Academy in his native Mallorca, however that hasn’t stopped Auger-Aliassime from setting an formidable objective for the partnership.
“I wish to maintain going, making progress,” Auger-Aliassime advised the media in Monte-Carlo. “I am high 20. I have been that for a bit greater than a 12 months, due to the COVID. I am at a superb degree. Generally I really feel like I am taking part in nicely. Generally I do not play that nicely. However I wish to maintain enhancing. I would like outcomes.
“It is one factor to really feel I am taking part in good, however the different factor is to have outcomes, enhance my rating, be a part of the Masters on the finish of the 12 months. That is the breakthrough I wish to make. We’ll see if I can do it.”
In his first match with Toni Nadal in his teaching nook in the present day, Auger-Aliassime squandered a 5-2 lead and 4 set factors—two at 5-2 and a pair at 6-5—bowing to Sixteenth-seeded Cristian Garin 7-6(3), 6-1.
The match confirmed spurts of the world No. 21’s large all-court skill and clear areas the place Toni Nadal may help craft enchancment.
Auger-Aliassime’s forehand backswing can get a bit too elaborate—he scattered greater than 20 forehand errors within the opening se in the present day, together with a number of on set factors—he’ll want to enhance each his shot choice and shot tolerance on slower surfaces and naturally be taught to raise his recreation in opposition to the elite. Auger-Aliassime is simply 2-14 lifetime vs. Prime 10 opponents and he is a profession .500 participant on clay sporting a 16-16 file.
Bear in mind although he is solely 20 years outdated, has a fame as a tough employee and hopes extra repetition on pink clay on the Rafa Nadal Academy with Toni Nadal will assist unleash his upside. The prospect of the partnership initially surfaced final December.
“Within the final month of final 12 months I used to be beginning to assume that there could be a chance for me sooner or later to work with somebody with plenty of expertise on the highest degree,” Auger-Aliassime stated. “We had been fortunate to have the ability to make contact with Toni.
“I am very fortunate to have the ability to be taught from him and profit from his expertise and work with him. After all, there’s plenty of work to do, nevertheless it’s a superb affiliation and I am very glad.”
Photograph credit score: Felix Auger-Aliassime Instagram