Felix Auger-Aliassime is into his first Masters 1000 quarter final.
The Canadian has been on the radar for some time and has made his name on the challenger tour before some breakthrough performances last year but this year he has been making a name for himself.
The 18 year old has won 14 of his last 17 matches which includes making the final of Rio where he saw off some impressive and tough clay court opponents in Munar, Cuevas and Fognini before losing to the inform Dere in the final.
It was a bit of a surprise to us all when Felix wasn’t given a wildcard into the Miami main draw but came through some tough battles in qualifying to make his way into the main draw.
6 matches now in Miami and 6 wins as he progressed to the quarter finals with a straight set win over Bashilashvili and in the previous round saw off the impressive Hurkacz who has been in very good form during this sunshine double period.
Of course the big statement win for the Canadian was that over Tsitsipas at Indian Wells. I saw his match prior to this one against Great Britain’s Cam Norrie and the performance against Cam was strong.
Cam didn’t play near his best and hit a lot of short balls towards Felix who pounced superbly.
The question I asked after that game was could Felix still play like this against someone a little more instinctive around the court and the answer was yes.
I was completely impressed with what I saw against the Greek star to beat him in straight sets he really stepped and played his game which is what you want to see and the best thing is, he has no fear.
Next up for Felix is a match against Borna Coric for a place in the semi-finals.