Rublev Surges to Beat Auger-Aliassime, Claims Maiden Madrid Crown
Andrey Rublev emerges victorious in Madrid by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final. May 5, 2024. Madrid, Spain. Photo credit: Mutua Madrid Open.

World No. 8 Andrey Rublev surges from a set down to complete a thrilling triumph over World No. 35 Felix Auger-Aliassime, claiming his second Masters 1000 title, the first at the Mutua Madrid Masters on Sunday.

Seventh seed Andrey Rublev rallied to beat former World No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 after two hours and 29 minutes at the Mutua Madrid Open final, earning his first Masters 1000 title in Madrid on Sunday evening.

During the trophy ceremony, he said: “I’m incredibly happy. That one week changed everything because now it looks like I was not losing the last weeks in the first round!

I would say this is the most proud title of my career. I was almost dead every day. I was not sleeping at night. The last three, four days I didn’t sleep.

Rublev got off to a nervous start to his 25th championship match on Tour, hitting two double faults en route to drop serve in the first game.

Capitalizing his chances, Auger-Aliassime backed up the break to grab a 2-0 lead, setting in motion a clinical performance behind his powerful serve.

A combination of depth and power earned him a chance to break twice, which he did in the fifth game, opening a 4-1 advantage.

After breaking straight back, the Moscow-born held to narrow the gap 3-4, attempting a late challenge.

However, the 23-year-old from Montreal quickly shut the door, following a battle at deuce he held firm at 5-3.

The third Canadian player to reach a Masters 1000 final in singles served out the set, wrapping up 6-4 in 48 minutes, saving a break point in the process.

The former Top 10 won 67 percent of the first serve points, firing 13 winners to 12 unforced errors, compared to his adversary 5 and 7, respectively.

A tight second set went with serves as the unseeded player held his ground while the World No. 8 raised his level, improving notably on the return.

An edgy sixth game saw the Canadian fending off a break point, executing the first drop shot of the match with exquisite precision to set it even at 3-3.

When it mattered most, the 26-year-old converted a crucial breakpoint, striking a forehand forcing shot in the 12th game to seal 7-5 in 53 minutes and even the final one set apiece.

The decider witnessed Rublev’s characteristic ferocious ball-striking make an entrance and would build momentum throughout the set.

Under pressure, Auger-Aliassime, who has clinched all five tour-level titles on hard-court surfaces, saved two break points in a lengthy second game, delivering to draw level at 1-1.

With the 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters champion up 3-2 on the scoreboard, the Canadian player received treatment in both legs, showing discomfort.

However, the unrelenting five-time ATP winner fought hard to stay alive, holding at 5-5.

Regardless, a double fault cost him the set and the match, handing the break for his rival to close out 7-5.

Rublev, who arrived in Madrid on a four-match losing streak, completed a nearly flawless campaign in Madrid to capture his second career title at the Masters 1000 level, his 6th on the clay courts.

He finished with 25 winners to 26 unforced errors, winning 77 percent of the first serve points.

Fernando Vicente’ pupil became the fifth active player to win the title at multiple active Masters 1000 clay court events.

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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