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Davidovich surges up ATP rankings after reaching Estoril Open semis

Injury got the better of Davidovich on Saturday.
Injury got the better of Davidovich on Saturday. / EFE
  • The 19-year-old exceeded expectations in his first-ever ATP Tour tournament

A brilliant week ultimately ended in disappointment for young local tennis star Alejandro Davidovich, who crashed out of the Estoril Open at the semi-final stage on Saturday.

This was the youngster's first-ever ATP Tour tournament and matched the mark set by Rafael Nadal, becoming the first 19-year-old to the reach the semi-final since the Mallorcan did so in 2006.

Ultimately, it was a combination of nerves and an intense schedule which got the better of Davidovich who lost 6-2 2-6 2-6 to Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.

After flying out the traps in the first set, in the second, Davidovich was hampered by a abdominal injury, and later cramp, and eventually succumbed to the more experienced man.

Davidovich's route to the final saw him see off Taylor Fritz (58th ATP) in the round of 32 (7-6 6-4), followed by Jeremy Chardy (42rd ATP) in the round of 16 (6-1 6-2).

Then came third-seed Frenchman Gaël Monfils on Friday who he beat 6-7 7-5 6-4 to record the biggest win of his career so far. Until that moment, he had never claimed the scalp of anyone so high in the world rankings (18th).

Progress in the Estoril Open meant that Davidovich ranked 127th (a rise of 40) in the ATP rankings published on Monday, boosting his chances of qualifying directly for Roland Garros.