Davidovich falls with pride

Logic, ranking and experience prevailed in the final of the Masters 1,000 in Monte Carlo. Alexander Davidovich could not put the icing on the cake of his fantastic week in the Principality and lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 and 7-6 (3) in 1:36. Thus, the Greek revalidated the title of champion, the eighth of his career. And the Spaniard vindicated himself as an aspiring to fight for big tournaments. for now, rises from 46th place in the ATP ranking to 27th, the best of his career.

The man from El Rincón de la Victoria is only one year younger (22) than the Greekbut this, one of the talents destined to relieve the Big-Three, came out on the track with the residue of having already been a finalist in a Grand Slam (Roland Garros 2021). With the stamp of proclaiming himself a ‘master’ at the 2019 ATP Finals, in which he was crowned at just 21 years old. The Montecarlo stage imposes, and Davidovich, who was playing for the first time for a title, failed to maintain his level throughout the match in a tournament in which he had just beaten number one, Novak Djokovic; the renowned earthling David Goffin; the Indian Wells champion, Taylor Fritz, and another ATP ‘master’ such as Grigor Dimitrov. His potholes were portrayed by the 18 winners against 29 unforced errors for the 17/18 of the champion, who showed more balance.

The match started well for Davidovich, with a break in the third game. The scheme was to hammer, as he did with Dimitrov, the Greek’s one-handed backhand. But this one, taller (1.93 cm) was able to better return the high balls that the blonde from Malaga put into play. Tsitsipas immediately achieved the counterbreak and from 4-3 chained five games until 2-0 in the second set. Everything then seemed to be heading for a denouement too quickly…

Then Davidovich, who has a tsunami wave tattooed on his left arm, woke up. “Foki, Foki!” (Fokina is his maternal surname), the audience of the Rainier III track began to chant, I didn’t want to witness a closure anymore. And the Spanish corresponded with a break. He perked up. He believed in his possibilities again. He scored points with grit, power and depth. Also great droplets, one of his hallmarks. But another break came for the Greek, who suddenly trembled as he did against Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals when he served to win. giving the debutant in a final the opportunity for a tie-break and a third round. But the tiebreaker no longer escaped him and he celebrated it released, rubbing himself on the ground.

Davidovich, in a tournament without the injured Rafa Nadal and with Carlos Alcaraz eliminated at the first opportunity, ended up shouting that he must also be counted on. That from now on he is ready to fight for anything. “I used to watch these finals on television,” recalled the Spaniardwho triumphed as a junior at Wimbledon 2017, with the runner-up trophy in his hands. Today, he was already the protagonist of one of the biggest tournaments. And she fell with pride.

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