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    Felix Auger-Aliassime On Making Reminiscences, Italian Type | ATP Tour

    Having first visited Italy as a child, Felix Auger-Aliassime has a bunch of fond reminiscences from time spent within the southern European nation.

    A few of these have come on court docket — he lifted the primary of three back-to-back ATP Tour titles in Florence in October — however the 22 12 months previous’s most treasured expertise within the nation is one thing rather less latest.

    “There are latest ones in fact,” the Canadian informed on the season finale in Turin. “Successful in Florence, that was an amazing latest reminiscence, however I believe total in my life, simply the primary time that I got here. I used to be about 12 years previous, coming to play tennis in every single place round Italy from Canada.

    “It was simply loopy. There have been simply so many good reminiscences of being right here with the opposite guys who performed with me, pals that I used to be travelling with. We’d play tournaments each night time and have a gelato each night time, and it was good occasions. You’re 11 or 12 years previous and also you’re simply enjoying tennis and travelling in Italy. It’s particular, so these are good reminiscences.”

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    Auger-Aliassime has already added to his Italian successes this week in Turin, the place he bounced again from a gap defeat to Casper Ruud by sealing his maiden Nitto ATP Finals victory on Tuesday in opposition to Rafael Nadal. The 22-year-old is relishing the chance to compete on the prestigious season finale for the primary time.

    “Nicely it’s actually a dream come true, it’s particular,” stated Auger-Aliassime. “It simply signifies that you’ve had an amazing 12 months and that you’re probably the greatest gamers on the earth. For me, it’s actually on the ‘to-do’ record, your objective record in life, and it’s one which in my profession I for positive wished.

    “To have the ability to do this for the primary time, it’s an incredible feeling, the accomplishment is nice. It will in fact be surreal to win all of it, it will be improbable, however simply to have certified already feels nice.”

    The Canadian was delighted to seal his maiden win in opposition to his childhood idol Nadal, and he believes the stellar lineup on the Pala Alpitour is one thing that may assist him elevate his sport additional as he seeks to achieve the semi-finals on event debut.

    “It’s pleasure, but it surely’s motivation as nicely,” stated Auger-Aliassime, who performs Taylor Fritz on Thursday night in his ultimate Pink Group match. “We form of have a superb mixture of legends, with Rafa and Novak, after which all of the others are [26 and under]. That’s additionally totally different… Not solely are you enjoying legends, however you might be enjoying nice gamers of your time as nicely.”

    In order he goes toe-to-toe with the most effective on the earth this week in Turin, what off-court facets of Italy attraction to the Canadian? Like his Nitto ATP Finals rivals Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud, Auger-Aliassime has already visited the historic Colosseum in Rome, so he would go for a visit to climb the energetic volcano Mount Vesuvius as a substitute, if given a selection.

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    The prospect of a go to to a top-division Italian soccer floor just like the Olympic Grande Torino Stadium (the house of Torino F.C., which stands straight adjoining to the Pala Alpitour), additionally appeals to the Canadian, extra so than going to observe the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. “[I would choose a] Serie A soccer match,” stated Auger-Aliassime. “I believe seeing the ambiance can be one thing very distinctive, like a rivalry or one thing, that will be epic.”

    When requested concerning the first issues come to thoughts when he hears the phrase ‘Italy’, two issues stand out for the four-time ATP Tour champion. “I consider nice structure and wonderful meals,” stated Auger-Aliassime. “In all probability pizza [is my favourite Italian food]. They’ve it good in every single place. It’s not essentially the most refined factor to eat, but it surely’s the one I like to eat essentially the most.”

    That love of pizza doesn’t stretch to Pizza Marinara, a pizza made with out cheese that may be a speciality in Naples. “In all probability cheese [is my favourite topping],” stated the Canadian. “[I’m not a big fan of pizza without cheese.”

    Yet when it comes to his own Italian cooking skills, the World No. 6 is more confident with a different local staple. “Any pasta [I cook] I might say is first rate,” stated Auger-Aliassime. “I believe [my best Italian dish] would most likely be pasta.”

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