The old guard in tennis is slowly way to the new.
A host of exciting young tennis players are making their presence felt on the tour.
Apart from Carlos Alcaraz, one name that has been regularly making the headlines is Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The Canadian has been a regular newsmaker in the sport for a few years now.
He broke into the Top 20 as a teenager in 2019, reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open last summer and breached the Top 10 in world rankings last autumn.
But this year there’s been a new, even more impressive pattern.
He has become one of the biggest giant-killers on the tennis circuit.
Two Fridays ago, he defeated Carlos Alcaraz in Davis Cup, in the Spaniard’s first match since winning the US Open.
Last Sunday, he vanquished reigning Wimbledon champion (and 21-time Grand Slam champion) Novak Djokovic at the Laver Cup.
Auger-Aliassime’s 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2 win over Alcaraz on the hard courts in Valencia, Spain two weeks ago was the biggest win of his career.
While doing so, his tennis touched dizzying heights, he smashed 16 aces and and saved all seven break points!
“It’s a big win for me and for the team, because Carlos is the new No. 1, of course,” the Montreal native said, visibly pleased.
Auger-Aliassime also held a match point against Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open this year, before narrowly going down in five sets, 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-4.
If he continues his giant-killing act, we can expect to Felix holding a Grand Slam trophy very soon