Davidovich Fokina beats Fritz to set up Monte Carlo semi with Dimitrov

Davidovich Fokina beats Fritz to set up Monte Carlo semi with Dimitrov

Davidovich Fokina beats Fritz to set up Monte Carlo semi with Dimitrov

Davidovich Fokina beats Fritz to set up Monte Carlo semi with Dimitrov

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina reached his first Masters semi-final on Friday including Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz to his high profile scalps this week with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-three win in Monte Carlo which installation a clash with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

The 22-year  Spaniard, ranked 46th within the international, ousted international primary Novak Djokovic inside the 2nd round.

On Saturday, he’s going to play Dimitrov, who battled beyond Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, three-6, 7-6 (7/2), for an area within the final

“When you beat the world number one it gives you a lot of confidence physically, mentally and technically,” said Davidovich Fokina.

“I am pushing myself every match to play harder and harder.”

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Fritz had problems even in the first set as his Spanish opponent piled on the pressure — the American complaining of stomach pains twice before receiving treatment from a doctor courtside.

The 10th-seeded American, who ended Rafael Nadal’s unbeaten start to the season to lift his maiden Masters trophy in Indian Wells in March, nevertheless secured the first set with a second break of serve.

Davidovich Fokina battled back and levelled the match with his first set point when Fritz, surprised at the Spaniard retrieving a smash, sent his shot out.

A netted smash from Fritz gave Davidovich Fokina two match points, the first of which was saved but the Spaniard made no mistake with the second, hitting a sublime right-handed winner.

“The emotions to be in the semi-finals are so high,” said Davidovich Fokina, who reached the Monte Carlo quarter-finals last year.

“I am enjoying every point. In the first set I had a lot of chances to break but I didn’t do it. But I just stayed focused and believed in myself.”

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Davidovich Fokina beat Dimitrov in their only previous meeting on clay in Rome last year.

Dimitrov sealed victory in a thrilling final set tie-break to reach the last four in Monte Carlo for the second time after 2018.

The Bulgarian secured the handiest smash of the primary set to love inside the 0.33 game and held his advantage with 11th-ranked Hurkacz doing likewise inside the 2d, breaking 4-2 with consecutive drop photographs that stuck his 29th-ranked opponent off-shield.

In a gripping third set, the Pole broke twice and became serving for the fit at 5-4, however the former international number three clawed his way back, going on to dominate in two hours, 27 minutes to hold his push to reach a 3rd Masters final.

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