Davidovich Fokina Continues Dream Run At US Open
World No. 99 to play Zverev or Mannarino
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina showed few signs of nerves on Friday when he booked a place in the fourth round on his US Open debut.
The 21-year-old played with great assurance to beat Cameron Norrie 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in two hours and 43 minutes for his best performance at a Grand Slam championship. He now plays fifth seed Alexander Zverev or No. 32 seed Adrian Mannarino.
Davidovich Fokina, who admitted he learned a lot from hitting with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Marbella during the five-month ATP Tour suspension, won eight straight games against Norrie from 1-2 in the third set to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set.
The World No. 99 beat Dennis Novak in the first round and No. 24 seed Hubert Hurkacz in the second round at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, having lost in the first round of qualifying at the Western & Southern Open.