Alejandro Davidovich Fokina withdraws from Barcelona Open
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina was scheduled to make his second main draw appearance at the ATP 500 Barcelona Open but has withdrawn from the event following his Monte Carlo Masters exploits.
The young Spaniard is coming off a career defining week and a new career-high world ranking of 27 as he reached his first ever ATP Masters 1000 final at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Davidovich Fokina, who was defeated in the final by defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, had an epic run which saw him conquer world number one Novak Djokovic in the second round.
He also recorded back-to-back wins against the Indian Wells Masters Champion Taylor Fritz and former world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.
All three matches went the distance, with two sets out of the six being decided by a tiebreak.
However, these gruelling matches at the Monte Carlo Masters seem to have taken their toll on the 22-year-old as he confirmed that he will not be participating in the Barcelona Open this week due to fatigue.
He tweeted saying that he was “sad” to not be able to compete this year, but is looking forward to making an appearance at the Catalonia event in 2023.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is set to rest in order to put him in the best shape possible for a busy schedule of Masters events, with both the Madrid and Rome Masters set to take place over the coming weeks.
Davidovich Fokina, who failed to qualify for Barcelona in three consecutive years from 2017 to 2019, was beaten last year on his tournament debut in the opening round by Alexander Bublik.
I’m sad. Can’t wait to be next year🔥 https://t.co/FrARlB2f14
— Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (@alexdavidovich1) April 18, 2022
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