The Spanish Alexander Davidovich Fokina qualified this Friday to the round of 16 ofl US Open for the second time in his career by beating the Colombian 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 and 6-4 Daniel Galanand will be measured with one between the Italian Matteo Berettini and the British AndyMurray.
Davidovich had already reached the round of 16 in New York in 2020, when he lost to German Alexander Zverev, who was ultimately a finalist.
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The Spanish player, number 39 in the world ranking and finalist this year in the Monte Carlo Masters 1,000, It took him three hours and fifteen minutes to break
Galán, who came to this round after beating the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, number five in the world, last Monday.
The duel was played on court 17 in front of a good number of fans, many of them wearing the yellow jerseys of the Colombian team.
However, the Spaniard also had the support of the spectators, who repeatedly sang songs of ‘Let’s Go Foki’.
Their match started off flawlessly, with a break in the opening game and some solid at-bats, allowing them to take a 6-4 lead. Despite getting a new break in the opening, Davidovich lost solidity in the following sleeve, in which his 21 unforced errors were punished by Galán with a 7-5 that equalized the match.
what is heard
The 23-year-old Spaniard then went to the locker room in an attempt to regain calm and lucidity and, indeed, the break seemed to help him. He returned with renewed energy and motivation and quickly ran away 5-1 in the third set, before closing it out again 6-4.
Daniel Galán, who reached this round after overcoming three qualifying matches, Tsitsipas in the first round and Australian Jordan Thompson in the second, showed pride and sold his defeat dearly.
He took advantage of a break in Davidovich’s first serve to open his way to 4-1, before his rival chained a convincing run of five consecutive games that gave him the ticket for the round of 16.
At the end of the game, when the players said goodbye to the judge, they exchanged a few words, in which the racket from Santander claimed his rival.
In the audio of the video, it was possible to hear that the Spaniard told him: “Forgive me, I did not want to do this.”
Apparently, Galán claimed him because his rival loudly sang two balls won. The Colombian He pointed out that you didn’t have to do that to throw the public on top of him.
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