He did it again. It was another landmark in Alejandro Davidovich's triumphant career. On top of his junior Wimbledon title, the first Challenger win (in Seville) and the ATP 250 semi-finals in Estoril, we now have to add the third round of a Grand Slam to the list of his achievements, something no other local player has ever done before.
Neither Emilio Álvarez or Adrián Menéndez got further than round one in a Grand Slam, but Davidovich has done it at the age of 21, at the US Open in New York, amid a slow start to the season and the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jorge Aguirre's pupil saw off his Polish rival Hebert Hurkacz in two hours and 46 minutes, winning 6-4, 1-6 and 6-2. The result was unexpected in many quarters: the 24th seed had been widely expected to beat his Spanish rival and had predicted beforehand that he would do so.
From the very first point in the game, there was a feeling that Davidovich had the ability to win. After a good start, though, he badly lost the second set to Hurkacz, who trains under Craig Boynton (who has also coached Jim Courier, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, among others) but then everything changed again, with Davidovich showing the same mental strength and focus that led him to victory over Novak in the previous round.
His opponent fought valiantly to regain the upper hand in the final set, but to no avail.
The player from Malaga progresses to the next round where he will take on Britain's Cameron Norrie on Friday.