The 20-year-old Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime, might well represent the future of tennis, his blossoming arsenal demonstrated elegantly last week when he won three matches to advance to the round of 16 of a major for the first time in his career.
Auger-Aliassime’s opponent today, Dominic Thiem is one long, strong athlete. To borrow from the pop music world, call him tennis’ Tower of Power. So it was that in this match, Thiem made a statement worthy of one of that band’s trademark songs – “You’re Still a Young Man.”
Showing off much of the physicality and all-court prowess that has helped him reach three Grand Slam singles finals, Thiem cruelly and kindly jolted Auger-Aliassime into the present with a nearly flawless 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1 master class in how contemporary big boys do business in week two.
Said Auger-Aliassime, “You play those top five players and it reaches another level.