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After a month training with Rafael Nadal and Nadal’s Uncle Toni at the Rafael Nadal Academy Academy in Mallorca, Felix Auger-Aliassime has set his sights on becoming a Top 10 player in 2021.

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“I want to obviously keep on improving,” the 20-year-old Canadian said. “I came here to train hard and reach another level. I would love to be in the Top 10 and be part of the Nitto ATP Finals next year. I think I have what it takes in me and now I need to do well, do work and play good matches.”

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Auger-Aliassime, who claimed his first ATP doubles title in November at the Paris Masters, will have to improve upon his 0-6 lifetime record in ATP finals at some point. He played – and lost – three finals in 2020, and also lost all five of his matches against the Top 10 (he is 2-13 lifetime against the Top 10).

“I have to improve and play good tennis week after week with good engagement and good intensity every week,” said Auger-Aliassime. “If I can do that, I will give myself chances to attain my objective.”

Auger-Aliassime says that he had long wanted to spend some more time with Nadal and particularly, Toni Nadal, and was happy to do so during December in Spain.

“It is great. I didn’t have the chance to talk to Toni as much as Rafa at the tournaments,” he said. “To have Toni on the court, to share tennis with him and have him give his feedback on court has been great. That is one of the biggest reasons I came here, to share some experience and to have some knowledge from Toni and it has been amazing. He has helped me a lot so far and he gives me great tips.”