Madrid, May 4 (EFE). Canadian Felix Auger Aliassim, the 15th candidate who recently trained under Tony Nadal, said goodbye to the 1000 Masters in Madrid in the first round, after defeating Norway’s Casper Rudd 6-1 6-4.
The 20-year-old tennis player from Montreal, without titles but reached the final this year in Melbourne 2, reached the quarter-finals in Conde de Godó who completed his second trial in Caja Mágica after losing in the second round of 2019 against Rafael Nadal losing for the first time With Rudd defeating him at the Miami Masters 1000 two seasons ago.
Under the eyes of Tony Nadal, who is in the players’ box, in a corner of Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, the second most important stadium in Caja Mágica, Auger-Aliassime faced his opponent for only an hour and a half.
Rudd will meet Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round, who occupied his place in the British penalty area, Cameron Nuri, who retired from the tournament and defeated Serbian Philip Krajinovic (6-2 6-4).
“Rudd played very well. I’m not happy with what I did. I have to keep working to improve. I feel good in training, even though that is not important now. I have to see what I can improve,” the young Kennedy admitted.
Auger Aliassim also lost to the doubles later on. Together with the Polish Hubert Horkachs they lost in the first round of the championship with the Germans Tim Potts and Alexander Zverev 6-2 6-4.
The Madrid Championships were left without the Canadians. In addition to Auger Aliassime, the last seed Denis Shapovalov was eliminated in the second round. Kazakhstani Alexander Publick, the 11th seed, was overtaken by 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, who advanced to eighth.