World No. 46 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina couldn't hide his happiness after beating former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov to reach his maiden Masters final in Monte Carlo. Davidovich Fokina, a former world No. 32, defeated Dimitrov in three sets 6-4 6-7 (2) 6-3 to reach the Monte Carlo final.
Davidovich Fokina, 22, is having the best week of his career and it all started with a shock win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. “I am so, so happy to be in the final. It is a dream come true,” Davidovich Fokina said in his on-court interview.
“When I was a kid I was dreaming about this day. It is a dream and I am so happy. The second set I had my chances, but I didn’t play very well. I was so tight and he just put the ball in. The tie-break was also tight.
But I went to the bathroom and said that I want this win”.
Davidovich Fokina recovered from a third set deficit
Davidovich Fokina claimed the first break of the match in the third game and held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.
Davidovich Fokina had a chance to get the job done in straight sets but he failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the second set. Davidovich Fokina had a 2-1 lead in the second set tie-break before Dimitrov won six points in a row to send the match into a decider.
Dimitrov then started the third set with a 2-0 lead and had four break points in the third game but failed to convert. Dimitrov paid the price for missing out on his four break points as Davidovich Fokina claimed breaks in the fourth and sixth games to completely overturn the deficit.
Dimitrov served out the eighth game to reduce the deficit to 5-3 but Davidovich Fokina served out for the match in the following game. Davidovich Fokina plays in the final Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated Alexander Zverev.