Young Canadian tennis stars Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov have been making international headlines for several months, both in Canada and internationally. The next stop in the ascend to becoming Canada’s next great tennis stars has begun.

But first, to better understand the magnitude of their rise in recent months, let’s take a look at the numbers.

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Félix and Denis: a bromance we love

If you didn’t know yet, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are childhood friends, learning how to play tennis at the same time. Shapo even lived with Auger-Aliassime during the 2017 Rogers Cup, the most recent year the men competed in Montreal. Today, they find themselves together in the greatest spheres of world tennis, and continue to remain good friends, even when they clash.

27: On August 27, 2018, Felix and Denis went head-to-head at the US Open. Felix had to withdraw for health reasons, and we had one of the most moving moments between the two friends.

2: In Miami, it was the second time that two Canadians had competed at the semifinals of an ATP Masters 1000 tournament since the beginning of this series. The first time it happened was in 2013, between Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil at the Rogers Cup.

2/1: The two friends clashed three times; Denis won two games, and Félix, one. Shapo won their two clashes at the US Open 2018 and 2019 (both in the first round), while Felix took the win against Shapo in the first round of the 2019 Madrid tournament.

Denis Shapovalov: not just a stroke of luck

Shapovalov entered the big leagues in 2017 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. We remember how it was yesterday: Shapo beat Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 in three sets of 3-6, 6-4 and 7-6, in front of a local crowd.

If some people could think that it was a stroke of luck, that Nadal had not had a good day, that Shapovalov would be put back in his place rather quickly…Well, some were wrong.

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Finally had some time last night to think about the last 6 days of my life. I'd like to thank the people from Montreal and across Canada for the love and support. I have never come across a more electric atmosphere. I want to thank all my sponsors for their belief in me throughout the ups and downs. And lastly I would like to thank my team… I am so thankful to be working with such a fantastic and humble group of people. Without you guys I am nothing so I am so thankful for all the time you guys sacrifice towards helping me become better. And even though not all of you could make it to watch my match live, I still felt your presence in my heart. Thank you Canada et Merci Montreal. #DontStopFighting

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1: Shapovalov won his first ATP Final at the Stockholm Open on October 20, 2019. This was the first time he had faced off against his opponent, Filip Krajinovic, who he beat in straight sets.

2: Shapovalov was the second youngest player to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Open. Who is the youngest? His friend Felix, of course.

16: The world rank of Denis Shapovalov in the ATP ranking. He entered the top 20 by the big door in March 2019, after qualifying for the semifinals of the Miami Open.

37 and 19: The ages of Roger Federer and Shapovalov when they faced off in the semifinals in Miami. Federer said in an interview that Shapovalov was not even born when he started his tennis career.

Their age difference (18) is the biggest in the history between two opponents in the quarter-finals, semi-finals or finals of a Masters 1000 ATP tournament.

Félix Auger-Aliassime: the one who breaks all age records

A year ago, we talked about Felix Auger-Aliassime as a next-generation player, someone who could take over in a few years. Few experts, even within Tennis Canada, had predicted that his climb would be so dizzying.

Then in March 2019, he became the youngest player in tournament history to reach the semifinals.

182: FAA’s spot a year ago on March 19, 2018, in the world rankings.

100: Auger-Aliassime broke through the top 100 on February 25, 2019, when he reached the finals of the Rio Open. And it was not a discrete entrance: he was 60th.

33: Auger-Aliassime was the youngest player to reach this rank since Lleyton Hewitt on October 18, 1999, who was exactly the same age (18 years, 7 months and 24 days).

20: FAA’s current ATP ranking.

2000: Auger-Aliassime was the first child of the 2000s to be on the main draw of a grand slam tournament at Flushing Meadows last August.

We don’t know exactly what is waiting for the two friends, but what we do know is that it will be great.