Bosnian tennis player Mirza Basic won seven matches in eight days to lift his maiden ATP Tour title after defeating Romania’s Marius Copil in the final of the 2018 Sofia Open.
Basic won 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 after two hours and 21 minutes on the court to become only the second Bosnian to win a title after Damir Dzumhur’s last year’s victories at St. Petersburg Open and VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
The 26-year-old entered the week as the world number 129, but victories over Bulgarian wild-card Alexander Lazov, fellow countryman Tomislav Brkic, Florian Meyer of Germany, fourth-seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, another German Maximilian Marterer and former world No. 3 and three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka saw him move up 52 spots to career-high world No. 77.
“I’m very happy about everything this week. It’s the first title for me and the first final”, Basic said after the final, as reported by atptour.com. “I have always dreamed of a place in the top 100 and I managed to fulfil my dream today. After this win, Sofia will always be my special place”.
Basic’s opponent in the final, 27-year-old Romanian Marius Copil, also enjoyed an amazing run in Sofia, and four straight-set wins helped him climb up to number 74 in the ATP rankings on Monday.