Good news and sad news at Roland Garros.
18 year old Felix Auger Aliassime who in January could not even get direct entrance to the Australian Open with how low his ranking was but was set to be seeded at Roland Garros is quite some achievement.
However, the Canadian who made the final of Lyon just over 24 hours ago has been forced to pull out with a groin injury meaning up steps Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
The 19 year old from Spain is beginning to have a bit of a breakthrough which was helped by a big run in Estoril not long ago and his challenger tennis has helped take his ranking up.
He began his year ranked at 241 in the world and coming into qualifying at Paris was at 133 just six spots off his career high of 127.
He’s only had three main draw wins this year but that win against Gael Monfils in Estoril was quite something.
Up until this year I hadn’t seen much of the 19 year old who turns a year older in early June but wow he showed us what his game is all about.
I liked his fearless approach against Monfils and for me it is the right approach to take from a young player. He lined up that forehand and it was electric whether he unleashed it down the line or got that top-spin on it creating angles it worked for him.
You can see some of his stunning shots below;
Alejandro did fall at the final stage of qualifying but is in as a lucky loser following Felix’ withdrawal and it is a big chance for him.
He is up against Jordan Thompson who I saw in Monte-Carlo against Khachanov not long ago and he will need his full choice of shots working well for him because Jordan can frustrate opponents which his stubbornness from the back of the court.