ATP youngster registers first career win at Indian Wells
A rising star secured just his 40th ATP tour win in the first round of the California event as he makes his debut in the desert.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is ranked 43rd in the world and came into Indian Wells with a 39-39 win-loss record over his career on the ATP tour.
Now, the 22-year-old Spaniard has enjoyed both his first match and first win at the Masters 1000 tournament after overcoming home talent Steve Johnson from a set down, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5.
The result continues an impressive breakout season for Davidovich Fokina. 2021 has seen him achieve his strongest Slam result to date, making the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
His best Masters 1000 result has also come this year, again on clay, at the Monte Carlo Masters. There, Davidovich Fokina reached the quarter-finals before being forced to retire in his match against eventual champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.
This in addition to his career-best season record of 24-19 so far in 2021. The Spaniard also enjoyed a career-high ranking in late August, peaking at world number 32.
The young ATP talent had not yet claimed a hard court Masters win before defeating Johnson. He previously did not play the Miami Open, and lost in the first round in Toronto and Cincinnati to John Isner and Hubert Hurkacz respectively.
Davidovich Fokina will next face world number 31, 26th seed and fellow breakthrough star Lloyd Harris of South Africa for a shot at the third round.
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