Rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina showed his class after edging out Casper Ruud in a tight French Open clash as he spoke positively of the Norwegian.
Davidovich Fokina, ranked at No. 46 in the world, edged out No. 15 seed in five tight sets 7-6 (3) 2-6 7-6 (6) 0-6 7-5 to reach the round-of-16 at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
“I think this match represents Roland Garros,” said Davidovich Fokina, per the ATP website. “This match was very tough. He played unbelievable. In the fifth set, we were in [a] battle every game. Every game we wanted to win [and] to break the serve of the other guy. It was, with all [the] emotions inside [and] with all the crowd singing your name, unbelievable!”
Davidovich Fokina came up big in key moments
After breaking Ruud in the 11th game of the fifth set, Davidovich Fokina saved four break points in the following game before converting his fifth match point.
“At 5-5 in the fifth [set] and game point, I would probably go [for a] crosscourt forehand on the let instead of down the line, because he passed me on the big point,” Ruud said, when asked whether he would change anything. “He hit his crosscourt forehand and it bounced up from the net, and I went down the line. If I would have gone cross, I would have had [a] 6-5 [lead].”
Ruud also spoke positively of Davidovich Fokina.
“It’s difficult because you never really know what’s going to come out of his racquet,” said Ruud, after losing to Davidovich Fokina. “He can produce extremely good shots and extreme winners, passing shots, beautiful drop shots. But sometimes he can also do more mistakes. The fourth set went fast. That was the set where I played very well and he kind of lowered down a little bit. But then in the fifth [set] it was game on again.”