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Davidovich in action in Monte Carlo.
Davidovich in action in Monte Carlo. / SEBASTIEN NOGIER / EFE

Alejandro Davidovich, in the world top 50

  • Now in 48th place in the rankings, he can skip the qualifiers for any ATP Tour event and is just 110 points off being the fourth-highest Spaniard and earning a place at the Olympics

On 21 October 2019, Alejandro Davidovich broke into the top 100 of the ATP rankings for the first time. Now, after a great week in Monte Carlo a fortnight ago, where he was the youngest Spanish quarter-finalist at a Masters 1000 since Rafa Nadal in 2008 (Miami), he added 160 points and climbed ten places, from 58th to 48th on 19 April.

In his best competition to date, the 21-year-old based in Fuengirola eliminated De Miñaur (25th), Berrettini (10th, in his first win against a top ten player) and Pouille (86th) before he retired due to injury against Tsitsipas (5th) in the quarters.

Access to any draw

Alejandro Davidovich, in the world top 50

With his current ranking (unchanged this week despite being eliminated from the round of 16 in the ATP 500 in Barcelona by Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik (42nd)), Davidovich now has access to all competitions on the ATP Tour without the need to play in the qualifying rounds.

As Davidovich is known to be more comfortable on clay courts (despite his high performance levels at the end of 2020 in fast indoor tournaments), he has high hopes for his return to Estoril (he was a semi-finalist there in 2019) and in Rome, Madrid and at Roland Garros.

Attractive playing style

Davidovich is known for his adaptable and attractive playing style and often uses drop shots and lobs to great effect. This is particularly seen in his ability to win long rallies from the back of the court. However, one aspect of his game that is often overlooked is his capacity to win return points from the first serve. Indeed, his conversion record of 33.4 per cent is the 14th-best on the ATP Tour,

Although his record of winning return points against the second serve is higher at 52.27%, this is only the 18th-best.

The Olympic Games

Davidovich's current ranking means he remains the fifth-highest ranked Spanish player, though very close to the fourth - Albert Ramos (46th). Taking this spot would see Davidovich qualify for the Olympic Games, as there is a maximum quota of four players per country in the singles draw, and assuming that Rafa Nadal, Pablo Carreño and Roberto Bautista don't withdraw from this event, for which the protocols are not yet known.

At the moment, Ramos has 110 ATP points more than Davidovich, and the qualifying cut-off date is 8 June.