Isner ousts Auger-Aliassime to reach ATP Miami Open final

Coach explains how Auger Aliassime benefited from training with Federer

The World Number nine, John Isner denied the future Canadian tennis sorcerer, Felix Auger-Aliassime to claim the biggest match of his career in the semi-finals of the Miami Open 2019. "I'll try to get as many balls back as possible". It was nerves. I couldn't get a second serve in. I felt like I had a margin over him, had a bit of an edge.

Auger-Aliassime could be one of those newcomers after becoming the youngest men's semi-finalist in the Miami Open's 35-year history. "It'll be a joy to watch because not only are they great, great players but they're good people, too".

Right now I'm looking forward to the next match and how far I can go in this tournament.

Felix Auger-Aliassime continued his superb run at the Miami Open, setting up a semi-final showdown with defending champion John Isner on Wednesday.

"From there, you know, just focus on myself, what I have to do first, and then figure out a way to break him". "I think I have been just improving in the last couple of weeks", he said.

"Obviously it's a privilege to be compared to all these great players", Auger-Aliassime said. Failure is clearly the best teacher in the world as after tumbling upon his serves at paramount moments of his semifinal, Felix Auger-Aliassime instantly made a decision to work upon his Achilles heel.

That was his fifth match against top-20 opposition, and his fifth victory: a flawless record that no emerging male player in history has matched.

Auger-Aliassime spent most of his previous season switching between the Challenger and ATP circuit in a bid to build some form and momentum.

"It was a tactical match by me", Federer said.

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Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime may have exceeded all expectations at the Miami Open, but he wasn't about to declare a moral victory after letting an opportunity slip away.

In the second set, a brilliant backhand victor set up another break chance and when Isner hit long, the Canadian moved 4-2 ahead and superbly held with an ace to extend his advantage.

"You just hope that the stars align, that you pick the right side, that he picks the wrong side, that maybe he misses a serve, that you can put him in uncomfortable situations time and time again, and at the end somehow you find a way".

"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.

Federer dominated a semifinal battle of the ages, beating 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4.

Next up for Auger-Aliassime is Isner, whose title defence stayed on track with a 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) win over Roberto Bautista Agut.

The French Open victor will play No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova for a spot in the final. It puts a lot of belief in tennis in Canada.

"Yeah, we are definitely seeing it and feeling it", Auger-Aliassime said of the increased expectations for the young players.

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