Alejandro Davidovich, one of Spain’s most promising young tennis players, has just taken an important step towards the professional circuit. Last weekend this 17-year-old from Malaga took part in his first ATP500, the 65th Conde de Godó tournament, after being invited as a ‘wild card’ by the organisers.
Alejandro was one of the biggest surprises in the tournament at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, where on the first day he beat Roberto Carballés (124th in the ATP ranking) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Being on the central court was an amazing experience, he says. “I was nervous in the first set but afterwards I thought I should just enjoy being where I had always wanted to be. I fought to the end, and felt that the stadium was mine.”
On the second day, Sunday, he lost to Colombian player Santiago Giraldo (ranked 104th), who was a finalist in the Conde de Godó tournament three years ago. Alejandro took the first set but lost the next two (5-7, 6-3, 6-2) in a hard-fought match. “Alex played quite well, but it was hard for him to maintain the level for such a long time, and his rival didn’t fail to take advantage of that. On this circuit, experience is important,” explains his trainer, Jorge Aguirre.
Davidovich, who has only been playing tennis for two and a half years, has made impressive progress during the last six months. At the end of last year his game improved tremendously and in recent weeks he reached 7th place on the junior ranking. By winning the Juan Carlos Ferrero tournament and taking part in the Conde de Godó, he has gained confidence and maturity.
He now faces a busy agenda until Roland Garros, where he will fight to be seeded. Before that he will be in Lérida, where he has received a wild card to take part, and in Milan for a grade one ITF (the highest level for junior players).
His performance in Barcelona was so good that his coach is now trying hard to get him a wild card for the Mutua Madrid Open-Masters 1,000. At present it is looking as if he will be there, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
He started the year as number 11 in the junior ranking and in just three months he has risen to seventh place. “We are following the path we planned at the start of this year,” says Jorge Aguirre. As Alejandro explained at that time, “My idea is to try to be in the world top ten at junior level, to play in the three Grand Slams, and finish the year in the China Masters. It all depends on how well I do.”
So far, he is doing well. Now that the Conde de Godó tournament is over, this young player is already thinking about Roland Garros.
“We’re going to try to get to Roland Garros among the eight or ten top ranked juniors, to be seeded and try to avoid the best players in the early rounds. Undoubtedly, in a competition like this everybody plays very well and anyone can beat you, but it’s always best if you can be seeded. With regard to the ranking, we’re doing as planned. It’s in the ATP part that we have to improve.”
Currently, Davidovich holds 857th place on the professional circuit. “Thanks to this tournament he has been able to experience professional tennis from the inside. He has understood the physical, mental and technical skills he’ll need to be among the best. Now we want to get him to that stage as soon as possible,” says Aguirre.