Malaga's junior tennis star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina won the Wimbledon boys' title on Sunday after beating his Argentinian rival Axel Geller in straight sets (7-6, 6-3).
The 18-year-old from Rincón de la Victoria, who now lives and trains in Marbella, sailed through to the final without losing a single set in the entire tournament and with only two sets going to tie-break, in the semi-final and final.
The junior champion, whose surnames (Davidovich and Fokina) mean his Spanish nationality comes as a surprise for many, grew up in La Cala del Moral, where his talent was discovered at the Calaflores and Serramar tennis clubs.
His father, Eduard Davidovich, a Swedish boxer with Russian nationality, was adamant that his son was to become a professional tennis player and, explains his first coach, Manolo Rubiales, didn't want him to classes with other children.
"In fact he got bored in classes," said Rubiales, "He was the typical gifted child who found everything easy," he added.
The other great influence in Davidovich's short career, apart from his Russian mother (Tatiana, who now lives in Riviera with her second husband), is his coach Jorge Aguirre. After his parents divorced - Eduard no longer lives in Spain - Aguirre and his wife became almost a second set of parents to the young player. For the last six years, Aguirre has coached Davidovich at the Hotel Don Carlos tennis club in Marbella.
The young player has previously been Spanish under-12, under-15 and under-18 champion as well as winning the Masters of the Mapfre Rafa Nadal Tour.