Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime earned one of the biggest victories of his career Wednesday by beating Swiss star Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the Noventi Open.
It was the first career meeting between the 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime and the 39-year-old Federer, who were born on the same date (Aug. 8) 19 years apart.
"To beat Roger on the grass here in Halle, it means a lot," Auger-Aliassime said. "It's a great victory that I'm going to keep in my pocket all my life. It's great to get that win but of course, I want to go even deeper here in Halle."
It’s a great accomplishment for Auger-Aliassime considering Federer, seeded fifth in the tournament and ranked eighth in the world, is considered one of the best players in tennis history, having won a total of 20 career singles Grand Slams.
Auger-Aliassime is the second-youngest player ranked in the top 20 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and has a career-high ranking of No. 17 in the world. He has eight runner-up finishes in singles and one doubles title on the ATP Tour.