Davidovich Fokina advances into first Masters Semi-final in Monte Carlo

FRANCE: The Spaniard Davidovich Fokina has overcome the tenth seed – America’s Taylor Fritz 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, here on Friday.

The 22-years-old Spaniard, who upset the top-ranked Tennis player – Novak Djokovic in the second round, has shown a high level of confidence and remained successful to keep the momentum on his side as he defeated Fritz in the quarter-final.

Fokina, a Spaniard, played with remarkable vigour, widening his groundstrokes to pull Fritz across the court. Davidovich Fokina’s shotmaking and fist-pumping kept the fans engaged throughout, and he advanced after two hours and 24 minutes.

He will face Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the first semi-final of the ongoing tournament on Saturday.

The World number three Alexander Zverev, on the other hand, edged past Italy’s Jannik Sinner in a hard-fought match to book a spot in the semi-finals.

In the second semi-final, here on Friday, the two players pushed each other to the limits by producing a classic over the course of three hours and seven minutes.

In a back-and-forth contest that saw 10 breaks of serve, Zverev finished stronger in a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(5) victory to reach his second Monte Carlo semi-final.

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