Auger Aliassime shares his POV on the Madrid dramatic walkovers

The Canadian, who will play tomorrow's final at the Manolo Santana Stadium, expressed his opinion on the injuries that have affected the Mutua Madrid Open

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Auger Aliassime shares his POV on the Madrid dramatic walkovers
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The Mutua Madrid Open was literally hit by injuries and major walkovers and even the finalist of the Spanish ATP Masters 1000 tournament - Felix Auger Alissiame - spoke out on the issue.

The Canadian, who a day ago also announced the end of his professional partnership with Toni Nadal, focused above all on Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.

Carlitos, eliminated in the quarter-finals by the other finalist Andrey Rublev, then announced that he will miss the Italian Open due to a new physical problem. Sinner, however, as a precaution decided to skip the semi-final in Madrid due to the neck injury he has been carrying for a few weeks. Daniil Medvedev also withdrew on the eve of the semi-finals.

"I don't think it's about me right now. It's about these players. Jannik had to withdraw from the tournament. We saw Carlos leave Rome today. Crazy times for the elite of our sport, withdrawing from many events.

For me it's a strange pace not having played so much and being in the final. I can only focus on the first week I had. I played a great match with Casper. I gave myself the opportunity to be in the QF and then crazy circumstances happened nothing to say other than getting ready for Sunday," he told on the post-match interview.

Carlos Alcaraz & Andrey Rublev, Madrid 2024
Carlos Alcaraz & Andrey Rublev, Madrid 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Felix analyzed the match of tomorrow against Rublev

Felix also talked about the Madrid final which will pit him against Andrey Rublev tomorrow.

“I always had 3-set battles with Rublev. Even in 2018 I was much younger but it's still fun. It's always a tough battle. I had a close encounter with him in Rotterdam this year, I had some match points, so hopefully it can go in my favor this time.

He is always a player who fights hard and is always present in every tournament. We all have ups and downs as players, but he's always there. That's why we'll see him again in an important final like this. If he really deserves it," he explained.

Andrey Rublev, Madrid 2024
Andrey Rublev, Madrid 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Auger Aliassime finally talked about Jiri Lehecka's retirement in Madrid.

"One of the strangest weeks of tennis you've had. In 3 out of 4 games, your opponent neither started nor finished the game. He's crazy. I don't know if this has ever happened to a player before. It's a strange situation to be in. This has never happened to me in my career so far. A withdrawal or a renunciation or a retirement of this kind.

One after another like this. I couldn't believe what was happening when I saw his back fail him and block him. I really feel sorry for him. I too have suffered from injuries. We can all imagine what it feels like to go out on a night like this hoping to win and get through. Having to fight your opponent and not being able to play. I have a lot of empathy for Jiri. For me, all I can do is try to prepare for Sunday," he analyzed

Jiri Lehecka & Felix Auger-Aliassime, Madrid 2024
Jiri Lehecka & Felix Auger-Aliassime, Madrid 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

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