In their quest for Grand Slam glory, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal face a new challenger

Iga Swiatek

Another young player will compete against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the Grand Slams events the following year. While continuing their competition to win the most Majors in history, both men. Holger Rune told Express Sport that he might win a Grand Slam championship next year if Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open.

With his coach saying he hates losing a Grand Slam, Felix Auger-Aliassime has now been added to the mix. One of the best players in 2022, Auger-Aliassime entered the top 10 and had a career-high ranking of No. 6. Winning four championships, three of which came in the space of three weeks, Being the standout of squads that helped Canada win both Davis Cup and ATP Cup, qualifying for the ATP Finals.

The 22-year-old now appears poised to compete against players like Djokovic and Nadal at the Majors the following year. In which he stakes his claim as the most recent young player to win a Grand Slam championship.

“Felix with his family, their project has always been to win a Grand Slam and be No 1,”

Tennis Actu was informed by the world No. 6’s coach, Frederic Fontang.

‘I believe I can. I have won ATP 250s, made the final of an ATP 500, and won a Masters 1000’- Felix Auger-Aliassime

The French coach continued, outlining how he intended to assist in leading his protégé to a Major victory in 2023:

“We try to identify what worked and add things in the physical, in the game, in the technical and mental sides.

“It is certain that now he still has to tick off a title in Masters 1000, in Grand Slam, and No 1. There is always better to do.”

Next season, Auger-Aliassime plans to compete in a Grand Slam championship alongside 19-year-old Rune. After telling Express Sport why he believed he could win one of the sport’s most prestigious titles.

“I believe I can. I have won ATP 250s, made the final of an ATP 500, and won a Masters 1000,”

The winner of the Paris Masters said. It means Djokovic and Nadal will have tougher competition in their quest to collect the most Grand Slam championships in history. The men’s record is held by the world’s No. 2 at 22, with the Serb at 21.

Along with young athletes like Auger-Aliassime and Rune believing they will soon win their first Major trophy. Carlos Alcaraz has also demonstrated that, at the age of 19, he is capable of winning the biggest championships. After Rafael Nadal himself accomplished so 17 years earlier, he became the youngest ever to win the US Open in September. Concurrently becoming the ATP’s No. 1 player who is the youngest.

On the tour this year, Auger-Aliassime has already taken action against Djokovic and Nadal. At the Laver Cup, when he defeated the world No. 5 for the first time, At the French Open, where the 13-time champion Spaniard plays, he forced “King of Clay” Rafael Nadal into a fifth set.

‘Felix did not make big results in the second part of the season in Grand Slams’ – Coach of Auger-Aliassime

At Roland Garros, when asked what kept his charge from upsetting the 36-year-old, Fontang responded:

“50 percent because of Rafa who is a champion and who won high-quality points at the end of the game. “At the same time, Felix had break opportunities two sets to one. It is to manage these opportunities better.”

Both the Australian Open and the French Open have now reached the second week, In both Wimbledon and the US Open, the world No. 6 only triumphed in one match. The coach of Auger-Aliassime evaluated his performance at the Majors this year and said:

“Felix did not make big results in the second part of the season in Grand Slams. Maxime Cressy was a tough draw at Wimbledon. Then, on Draper, it was also part of the dangerous players. It’s not good.

“We will have to be more ready in the future. His team will learn to improve the preparation. At the same time, there were two other good Grand Slam tournaments. A quarter at the Australian Open passing very close to qualification in the semi-finals and the fourth round at Roland Garros. It’s 50 percent. We will have to try to do better next year.”

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