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Madrid wildcard for teenager after Miami breakthrough

1st April 2019, 15:43 by Simon Barlow

Teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime been awarded a wildcard for May's Madrid Masters after his run to the Miami Open semi-finals.

The 18-year-old Canadian lost to John Isner, who was beaten in the final by Roger Federer, but rose to a career-high world ranking of 33 on Monday.

Auger-Aliassime overcame 29th seed Marton Fucsovics in the second round and also beat 17th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili and 11th-seeded Borna Coric in back-to-back matches, before falling to defending champion Isner in straight sets.

His run at the Miami Open has seen him rise 24 places in the ATP Rankings to now become the youngest player in the current world top 50.

A by-product of that will be invitations to some of the world's elite tournaments, with Auger-Aliassime already looking forward to appearing in the Masters series event in Madrid next month.

"I have great memories from my junior career at the Caja Magica, where I hope to produce some magic again," he said.

Spain's former world number three David Ferrer - in his final season before retirement - had already been awarded one of the four wildcards on offer.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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