It did look like potentially being one of those nights for Alejandro Davidovich Fokina but it was the younger of the two Spaniards who picked up the challenger title out in Sevilla.
Alejandro despite finding himself down 1-4 and 1-5 quite quickly was creating opportunities on the Jaume Munar serve but the top seed was saving break point after break point.
The tennis in the first set wasn’t a measure on how well Munar was playing but the mistakes off the racket of Alejandro who just couldn’t find his groundstrokes and found the net most of the time.
I was surprised but impressed to see him change it around. He added top spin to his game and began to find his rhythm and disrupt the game of Munar who has seen his ranking slip of late to just outside the top 100 in the world.
In three sets of tennis that ended the same at 2-6 6-2 6-2 to Fokina he as I said create many break point chances winning just 5 of the 13 he created but did find his craft as the match progressed.
He found himself in a bit of trouble serving to stay in the match down 0-40 on serve but saw it through and with that will be around 108 in the world at a career high but still off the mark in his hunt to make it to Milan at the end of the season!