Wednesday/ Alcaraz out, as well

Djokovic lost yesterday in the Monte Carlo Open, but so did young Carlos Alcaraz, today (against Sebastian Korda). Aw. That really hurt my interest in the tournament, but I will continue to watch.

I love this picture. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the 22-year old Spaniard, went for it with everything he had, against Djokovic, for the win. He took a tumble in the second set, and did not even change his shirt until much later. That red clay dust gets into everything: your shoes, your socks, your racquet, all of your kit, really. And you have to know how to slam on the brakes and slide, as Fokina does here, to scoop up a drop shot at full stretch. [Photo by Denis Balibouse/Reuters]
Writes Christopher Clarey in the NYT: ‘Davidovich, 22, looks like a Viking prepared to make mayhem with his head closely shaven on the sides and his fair hair pulled back into a knot. His father Eduard Mark Davidovich, a former boxer, is originally from Sweden and his mother Tatiana Fokina from Russia. But he was born in Malaga, Spain, and raised, as his accent makes clear, in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. He started playing tennis at age 2 — even younger than Djokovic did — and has become one of the flashiest, fastest men in the game under the tutelage of his longtime coach, Jorge Aguirre’.

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