Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who combines good movement and powerful groundstrokes, recorded the first Top 10 win of his career this week over Matteo Berrettini at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
ATPTour.com caught up with the 21-year-old Spaniard, who revealed the last time he…
Missed a flight?
I’ve never missed a flight! I’ve never had a close call and always try to get to airport with plenty of time to spare.
Lost something important?
Two years ago, I left my favourite shoes at home. I had to call one of my friends, and I told him to fly to Australia to bring the shoes. I didn’t want to go out in Melbourne and buy new shoes.
Paid money to hire a tennis court or bought tennis balls?
It has to have been last week, when I practised at home. It was one big box of balls, around 70 euros.
Was recognised and it helped you?
It was probably in Davis Cup, when Spain played in Marbella against Great Britain [in February 2018]. I got into a nice restaurant after I posed for a lot of photos (laughing).
Strung my own tennis racquet?
It must have been four years ago! I normally didn’t string my own racquets as a junior, because I think it’s so boring. It took me 30 minutes. I had to take my time and I didn’t like it.
Last cooked for friends or family?
I love to cook, so I cooked for friends before I came here. I like doing meat on the barbeque, with friends and the sun shining.
Met a childhood idol?
It has to have been Martin Fiz, the world champion runner [1995 Gothenburg], who continues to help me with my physical preparation. My coach, Jorge Aguirre, asked him on Instagram last year to help out and it’s great for Martin to be a part of my team.
Asked for a selfie?
Roberto Bautista Agut, my idol and someone I really respect.
Went to a music concert?
I went with my psychologist to watch Spanish pop singer Beret at the Starlite Festival in Marbella in July last year. It was really good.
Paid to attend a sporting event?
It was three years ago, when my coach and I watched Real Sociedad. I only like watching football!
Visited a city for the first time?
I really love the city of Brisbane, as they have a fake beach in the centre.