Wimbledon Juniors: Alejandro Fokina is the first Spanish winner since 1967!- View: 3319 by Jovica Ilic
After glory years they had in the last 10 or 15 years, the Spanish tennis is hungry for new talents that will carry on with the tennis story that was so brightly presented by Rafael Nadal, Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Carlos Moya and many others.
This weekend they made a big step forward, with Nicola Kuhn becoming the 14th youngest Challenger champion in Braunschweig, and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina winning the Wimbledon junior crown. Thus, Davidovich Fokina became the first Spanish winner of junior Wimbledon since Manuel Orantes, exactly 50 years ago! In the title match, Alejandro defeated Alex Geller from Argentina by 7-6 6-3 in an hour and 25 minutes (Geller won the doubles title), breaking his rival twice from 7 chances he created. This 18-year-old is currently ranked 10th in the ITF junior rankings and this was his first Grade A title, after winning 3 Grade 1 events in the past 12 months.
In fact, Alejandro put juniors tournaments aside in 2017, Wimbledon was only his 4th event and he lost just one match, in the semi-final of the Roland Garros (conquered RPM Junior Open and Trofeo Juan Carlos Ferrero). Instead of that, he concentrated his forces on professional events and he is currently ranked 637th.
Prior to Wimbledon, Davidovich Fokina entered 2 Futures events in Spain, on hard court, reaching the final in both but ending on the losing side, beaten by Matteo Viola and Roberto Ortega-Olmedo. Spaniard didn't lose a set this week and he lost his serve just 5 times.
His game was on a high-note today as well, serving at 71% and keeping both the first and the second serve safe, facing two break points and losing serve once. On the other hand, the Argentine struggled to keep the pace with his second serve, and he had to play against 7 break chances.
He did well to fend off 5 of these, but 2 breaks of serve were enough for Spaniard to conclude the win in straight sets and start a celebration. Davidovich Fokina was off to a great start, breaking in the very first game and opening a 3-1 lead with 2 solid service games.
Geller repelled 2 break points in game 5, that could easily cost him the set, and he broke back at 15 in game 6, leveling the score at 3-3. The battle was on, and there were some 9 deuces in the following 2 games, but with no breaks what so ever.
Both players served well in the last 4 games to set up a tie break, and it was Alejandro who played it with more guts, scoring 3 mini-breaks for a 7-2. With an advantage in his bag, Spaniard served even better in the second set, never facing a break point, and he broke his rival in game 8 to open up a 5-3 gap, sealing the deal on own serve in the following game.