Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina knocked out 2021 semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz© AFP
Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina defeated 2021 Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz on Monday thanks to the tournament’s first ten-point tiebreak. World Number 37 Davidovich Fokina triumphed over seventh-seeded Pole 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (10/8) in a game interrupted by rain twice .
Hurkacz, who defeated Roger Federer in the quarterfinals last year, saved three match points at 5-4 in the third set and another in the final setbreaker.
Hurkacz served for the game at 5-4 in the decider.
“When the rain came at 5-5 in the third set, I didn’t know whether to have lunch or take a siesta,” said 2017 youth champion Davidovich Fokina.
“I had a bit of a hard time, but I kept playing my game.”
The Spaniard survived a barrage of 21 aces from Hurkacz and then takes on Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
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