Twenty times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was defeated by 20-year-old Felix Aliassime

Felix Auger Aliassime, a 20-year-old Canadian who came from a set down to the biggest win of his career, defeated ten-time champion Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the Round of 16. From local prodigy to beating Federer on grass, Felix overcame against 20 times Grand Slam winner in his first career meeting and reached the quarterfinals of the Halle Open.

Competing in the tournament for the 18th time, this will be for the very first time that the Swiss legend won’t be playing in the Halle quarter-final following his earliest exit by the young gun. Felix Auger-Aliassime did his best and made sure to confirm the praising words Federer had said about him before the clash.

Tennis legend had withdrawn from the Roland Garros tournament following his double knee surgery to preserve energy for the grass swing despite his three wins at the French Open in Paris. He didn’t want to give pressure on his knees and needed some rest.

“I missed the grass and it’s a pleasure to be back in Halle. Obviously my goals for the Wimbledon are pretty high,” Roger Federer, said about his return to the grass court.

701 days later, he was back on the grass court and reached this level by defeating the Belarusian tennis player Ilya Ivashka in the opening round.

“It was a huge honour to play Federer before he retires and winning it’s incredible. He was my idol like many of us, growing up. I never thought I would play him one day. I thought he would have retired when I would reach that level to be a pro,” said Auger-Aliassime after the clash.

 

 

 

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