Rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina couldn't hide his happiness after stunning No. 8 seed Matteo Berrettini at the Monte Carlo Masters. Davidovich Fokina, ranked at No. 58 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat to world No.
10 Berrettini 7-5 6-3 to make the Monte Carlo round-of-16. Davidovich Fokina made a perfect start to the match, having taken an early 3-0 lead. However, Berrettini bounced back as he broke back Davidovich Fokina in the seventh game.
But Davidovich Fokina kept his focus as he claimed his second break of the match in the 12th game to win a tight opener. Davidovich Fokina claimed the lone break of the second set in the sixth game, before serving out for the match in the ninth game.
"I’m very happy with this win. I’m very excited to defeat a Top 10 player,” Davidovich Fokina said in his post-match press conference, as quoted on the ATP website. “Last year I faced a couple of Top 10 players and I came close, but I couldn’t close them out.
But here I am improving every day, I’m playing better and better. “I also knew that Matteo was coming back from an injury and he wouldn’t have a lot of rhythm. I was able to take advantage of that today”.
Davidovich Fokina plays next Lucas Pouille
“Before, I used to be a much more hyperactive and anxious person,” Davidovich Fokina admitted. “I wanted to finish every point in three shots, but when you evolve as a player you realise that tennis is not about winning in three shots.
It’s about staying mentally calm and feeling stable. “You have to take advantage of your opportunities, but also acknowledge that there may be more opportunities to come if you can’t”. Pouille edged out rising Australian star Alexei Popyrin in three sets on Wednesday to set up a clash against Davidovich Fokina.