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Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime loses to Andrey Rublev in the final of the Madrid Open

Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime fell just short of claiming his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

Russia’s Andrey Rublev outlasted Auger-Aliassime 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in Sunday’s final at the Madrid Open.

The 23-year-old from Montreal advanced to the final of the clay-court tournament after opponent Jiri Lehecka of the Czech Republic retired in the semi-finals due to injury and their match was tied 3-3 in the first set.

Auger-Aliassime did not even take the field in the quarter-finals as his opponent, top seed Jannik Sinner, withdrew from the tournament with a hip injury.

He also advanced via walkover in the third round when Jakub Mensik of the Czech Republic withdrew from that match. Auger-Aliassime led 6-1, 1-0.

“It’s crazy. I don’t know if this has ever happened to a player before,” said Auger-Aliassime. “It’s a strange situation on my part. It’s never happened to me so far in my career: such a withdrawal , a walk-over or some such retirement, and so on one after the other.”

Auger-Aliassime recorded a convincing 6-4, 7-5 victory over fifth seed Casper Ruud of Norway in the fourth round and easily defeated 19th seed Adrian Mannarino of France 6-0, 6-4 in the second round.

— With files from The Associated Press