Rublev wins his second Masters 1000 in Madrid

The world No. 8 wins the trophy in the Caja Mágica

May 05, 2024

By Staff

Andrey Rublev broke through at the Mutua Madrid Open, winning the second ATP Masters 1000 of his career, becoming the first player capable of winning the singles and doubles titles in the entire history of the tournament. With a sensational performance in the Spanish capital, he crowned his 16th ATP Tour trophy in a week packed with excitement on the Madrid clay.

The No. 8 managed his nerves in an unprecedented final on the clay of the Caja Mágica, defeating Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 to complete one of the greatest feats of his professional career. In a match played indoors due to rain in the Spanish capital, Rublev found the punches to win one of the most important matches of his life.

“I have no words. If you knew what I’ve been through in the last nine days you wouldn’t imagine me winning a title,” said Rublev, who suffered bouts of fever throughout the tournament. “I feel immensely happy. This week changes everything, now it doesn’t feel like I was losing for the last few weeks in the first round.”

“I recognize the work of the doctors. They helped me incredibly to make it possible to get on the track.”

The Manolo Santana Stadium witnessed a milestone of resistance for the Canadian. Managing the long points and attrition from the baseline, Rublev managed to turn around a very high-priced match in which he accepted the loss of the first set with patience. In a very close match, Andrey did not face a breaking ball again in the final two rounds to capture the cup.

“I would say it’s the title I’m most proud of in my career,” Rublev said. “I was practically dead every day. I didn’t sleep at night. For the last three or four days I wasn’t able to rest.”

The victory allows Rublev to extend his dominance (5-1) in the Lexus ATP Head2Head over the American. With a reinforced authority in the final in Madrid, Andrey has beaten the Canadian in the two clay duels of the rivalry (Umag 2018) and in the two matches played this season (Rotterdam).

Auger-Aliassime leaves the Mutua Madrid Open after having one of the most notable performances of his career on clay. The Canadian climbed to his second ATP Masters 1000 final after shining in the Spanish capital, where he managed to defeat the Norwegian Casper Ruud, recent champion of Barcelona. Felix will rise from No. 35 to No. 20 in the PIF ATP Rankings, occupying his highest position of the season.

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Did you know…?
Andrey Rublev is the fifth player to lift the cup in different ATP Masters 1000s on clay. The world No. 8, champion in Monte Carlo and Madrid, joins a list of great figures that includes Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray.


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