Spaniard can't believe it: point penalty seals strange Wimbledon exit

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has to digest this end in Wimbledon first.

Spaniard can't believe it: point penalty seals strange Wimbledon exit

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has to digest this end in Wimbledon first. For minutes, the probably most curious inferior sits on his chair after his bankruptcy. A shot from trouble off the rally with his opponent Jiri Vesely ended his game.

Almost four hours, a close fight in five sets. This second round match between Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Jiri Vesely at Wimbledon packs a punch. The Spaniard and the Czech don't give anything away, but in the end it's not a rally that decides the game. The fact that Vesely wins is due to emotions. Those whom Davidovich Fokina cannot contain.

But from the front: Vesely wins the first set 6:3, Davidovich Fokina the second and third with 7:5 and 7:6 (7:2), before the Czech wins the fourth again - again clearly with 6:3 . The fifth set promises the ultimate showdown and the pros deliver. With the score at 6: 6 there is still no decision, the match tiebreak is needed, full action for spectators.

And this match tiebreak shows that the 23-year-old Spaniard has the worse nerves. Because he affords a momentous dropout. When Vesely makes the point to 9: 7, the world number 37 thrashes. annoyed the ball away. The referee Carlos Ramos can't ignore it, but since he had already cautioned Davidovich Fokina for swearing, a tougher penalty is needed. The Portuguese issues a point penalty, the result of the match tiebreak changes to 7:10 - and the game is over without a match point being played.

All of Davidovich Fokina's protests don't help, Vesely wins after 3:52 hours 6: 3, 5: 7, 6: 7 (2: 7), 6: 3, 7: 6 (10: 7). The Spaniard is then visibly horrified, sits on the bench for minutes, buries his face in the towel and can't believe his defeat.

The 23-year-old is in the spotlight for the second time at this year's Wimbledon tournament. Although he wins his opening match against fellow favorite Hubert Hurkacz, he also makes a big mistake there. With a score of 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4, 5: 3 and 40: 0 he has three match points in a row, but cannot use any of them.

Instead of playing the game calmly to the end, Davidovich Fokina tries a magic hit through the legs, which the Australian Nick Kyrgios often plays. But the ball flies into the net. The "Kronen-Zeitung" writes of the "stupidest blow in Wimbledon". Instead of sealing the end of the game, Hurkacz gets the break and the set. It puts him back in the game, the Pole wins the fourth set 6-2. A thriller develops in the fifth set, after 3:34 hours Davidovich Fokina wins 10:8 in the match tiebreak.

A round later he fails in the next match tiebreak thriller. The Spaniard will certainly not forget this Wimbledon.

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