The young gun has a record which would be the envy of many tour veterans but after beating world no. 13 Borna Coric 7-6 6-2, he has reached the semi finals of the Miami Open.
"They just don't happen often enough, " Federer said of that 6-0 first set.
"I know I belong here", he said after coming through the Miami qualifiers. He and Boric exchanged baseline rallies throughout the opening set and Felix was often seen taking charge.
Felix Auger-Aliassime continued his superb run at the Miami Open, setting up a semi-final showdown with defending champion John Isner on Wednesday. Even though the Swiss was standing in his way of a first final, the 19 year-old stressed beforehand that it was a "dream" to take on Federer. Double faults have been too frequent but, up until Friday's semi-final, he had overcome them with timely, all-round solid serving. "I said before the tournament the chances were I would not defend my title". Entry deadlines for tournaments are weeks before events begin - and Auger-Aliassime's ranking wasn't good enough at the Miami cutoff to get him direct entry.
While there's ongoing speculation about which of the two will eventually turn out to be the better player, what many don't dispute is the potential of Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime to reach the top five in the rankings and to win Grand Slam titles.
"I was just trying to play as good as I can, but he played an excellent match".
Now marked down more than ever as a future champion, Auger-Aliassime uses the word "grounded" a lot as he tries to maintain a semblance of normal teenage life.
The Croat saved two match points on serve in the seventh game although that was all we saw from him as Felix held at 15 in the next game to wrap up a fantastic win and write new pages of tennis history again.
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This brought Rishabh Pant to the crease and the southpaw needed just five balls to settle in before going for his big shots. Rasikh made his Indian Premier League ( IPL ) debut on Monday, in the contest between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals .
Like Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime came up short in a bid for his first ATP Masters 1000 final. I believe that probably the best surface for him is this kind of a type of hard court here in the States where he's spent a lot of his time practicing, as well.
Auger-Aliassime was particularly frustrated with one game in the first set when he double-faulted three times while serving with a 5-4 edge.
"I enjoyed it. I think I played very well".
"Yeah, we are definitely seeing it and feeling it", Auger-Aliassime said of the increased expectations for the young players.
"Pretty insane. Everyone is super excited back home", said Auger-Aliassime, who wasn't in the top 100 of the world rankings two months ago and now will climb to No. 33 next week - if not higher.
He faced his first real test in the quarterfinal when he went up against the giant killer Robert Bautista Agut.
Auger-Aliassime had appeared unbothered by being on the big stage against the crowd favourite playing attacking, aggressive tennis that rewarded him with the early break in each set.