The Canadian’s strong finish to the season apparently began at the Laver Cup, where he earned his first victory over Djokovic to contribute to Team World’s first victory in the team tournament. Since then, he has beaten world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz twice and managed to win three titles in a row.
And Wilander thought the Laver Cup was the reason for his success, adding: “I don’t think you can rate a player highly enough who spends a week with John McEnroe and his brother Patrick McEnroe as coaching staff at the Laver Cup. It’s not that they’re going to completely change you as a player, but there might be one or two things they say that you might pick up on that give you a little bit of confidence.
“I think the motivation factor has always been there for Felix Auger-Aliassime, he is one of the most motivated human beings I have ever met, especially on a tennis court and off the court. He maybe he was lacking in the confidence department, and I think maybe he had a John McEnroe, and again, I’m not saying he said anything, but he’s a stepping stone in the right direction.”