Auger-Aliassime on the 2021 purpose with Toni Nadal

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By Richard Pagliaro

Felix Auger-Aliassime starts his alliance with Toni Nadal with a clear final in 2021.

The 20-year-old Canadian wants to secure a place in the elite eight for the ATP finals at the end of the season, which will take place in Turin, Italy in November.

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Toni Nadal changes to Frederic Fontang in the Auger-Aliassime coaching team. Uncle Toni won't be traveling full-time as he maintains his role as director of the Rafa Nadal Academy in his native Mallorca, but that hasn't stopped Auger-Aliassime from setting an ambitious goal for the partnership.

"I want to go on and make progress," Auger-Aliassime told the Monte Carlo media. "I'm top 20. I've been in this for a little over a year because of the COVID. I'm at a good level. Sometimes I feel like I'm playing well. Sometimes I don't play that." Well, but I want to keep improving. I want results.

"One thing is to feel like I'm playing well, but the other thing is to get results, improve my ranking and be part of the Masters by the end of the year. This is the breakthrough I want to make. We will see." if I am able to. "

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In his first game with Toni Nadal in today's coaching corner, Auger-Aliassime wasted a 5: 2 lead and four set points – two with 5: 2 and one pair with 6: 5 – and bowed to Cristian Garin with 16: 6 (3 ), 6-1.

The match showed leaps in the tremendous all-court skill of the world No. 21 and clear areas where Toni Nadal can help improve the craft.

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Auger-Aliassime's forehand backswing can get a little too laborious – he's scattered more than 20 forehand errors in the opening season today, including some on set points – he needs to improve both his shot selection and shot tolerance on slower surfaces and of course learn to improve your game against the elite. Auger-Aliassime is only 2-14 years old against the top 10 opponents and he's a career 500 player on clay with a 16-16 record.

Remember, even though he's only 20 years old, he has a hard worker reputation and hopes that more reps on red clay at Rafa Nadal Academy with Toni Nadal will help unfold his advantage. The prospect of partnership first appeared last December.

"In the last month of last year I started to think that there might be an opportunity in the future for me to work with someone who has a lot of experience at the highest level," said Auger-Aliassime. "We were lucky enough to be able to contact Toni.

"I am very happy to learn from him and to benefit from his experience and to work with him. Of course there is a lot to do, but it is a good connection and I am very happy."

Photo credit: Felix Auger-Aliassime Instagram

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