Cincinnati Tennis: The Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, after 20 double mistakes by Zverev, achieves the first top 10 victories | ATP tour
#NextGenATP The Serb Miomir Kecmanovic held the number 6 in the world, Alexander Zverev, at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4 to take his first top 10 win on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old Serb continued his breakout season on the ATP Tour and benefited from 20 double mistakes – a personal career high – by the German, who fell to 0-5 in the seventh ATP Masters 1000 event of the season.
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Kecmanovic reached his first Masters 1000 quarter-finals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and reached his first ATP Tour final at the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya (left after Sonego) in June. The Serb, number 58 in the ATP rankings, is expected to crack the top 50 on Monday when the new rankings are released.
“It means a lot because I also made it into the top 50 today. So it’s a very special moment for me. I’m really happy that I was able to play the way I did. I worked a lot, I did practiced a lot. ” It’s really something special to see how it all comes together and happens, “said Kecmanovic.” I was definitely just trying to try everything. Like I said, I really had nothing to lose. He was the favorite and it obviously helped that he didn’t serve as well as he usually does. “
“I tried to stay calm. I was just trying to take my chances and luckily it paid off.”
Kecmanovic increased his chances of qualifying for the next generation ATP final in Milan as well. The teenager currently holds the seventh and final qualifying place in the ATP Race To Milan. Eight players will take part in the event under the age of 21, which will take place in Milan from November 5-9. The eighth place is reserved for an Italian wild card.
He will next face eleventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who completed his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon last month. The Spaniard defeated # NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Bautista Agut saved six of seven breakpoints, including all five in the opening set. Tiafoe fell 6-11 in crucial sets that year.
In another action, the French Richard Gasquet, who defeated the former world champion Andy Murray on Monday, stayed perfect in Cincy and dismissed the Argentine Federico Delbonis in straight sets 7-5, 7-6 (1). The 33-year-old Gasquet will next face another Argentine in Diego Schwartzman, who saved all five breakpoints and beat Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-4, 6-2.
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Four qualifiers, including Kecmanovic, are in the round of 16 of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the third time in the history of the series (since 1990). The other three qualifiers are the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka and the Russian Andrey Rublev. The other two times were in Hamburg in 2005 and in Monte-Carlo in 2001.