Re: Damir Dzumhur
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Stars of BiH(2): Dzumhur's perfect season
Unbelievable rookie season in the professional ranks has brought this 19 year old an enviable position in among the up-and-coming young tennis lions.
Young BH player Damir Dzumhur has once again confirmed the grandeur of his talent during 2011 and confirmed that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a never-ending source of tennis stars. After having performed impeccably during his final junior season last year, winning several high-profile trophies: European champion (Switzerland, July 2010), bronze medal on the junior Olympic games (Singapore, August 2010), along with 3rd position on the ITF rankings, this 19 year old Bosnian has had a phenomenal first year on the professional tour.
He played mainly futures, mainly on clay and managed great results – he started the year ranked 1008, while he now ranks (19. 12. 2011.) 339 on the ATP ranking, giving him an improvement of 669 places. How great of an achievement that is shows the fact that only one player has a better ranking than him and has advanced more during this season – that being a 26 year old German Stefan Seufert, who is ranked 305, having advanced 700 places, but important noting that he was 467th world player in 2008. Dzumhur played 21 tournaments this year and has a win-loss record of 48-18 in singles and 36-14 in doubles.
During the first part of the season Dzumhur played a series of stronger futures (15.000 prize money) and several times passed the first round, with the most notable win coming in Padova, Italy, when he defeated Andrea Arnaboldi (Italy, ranked 308 at the time, 7:6(1), 6:1). This was a great entry for the series of futures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, where this young Sarajevan showed his strength. Already in May, after the semi-final in Sarajevo, Dzumhur wins his first professional title in Brcko, B&H (defeated Aldin Setkic, BiH, 6:3 5:7 7:5) and reaches career-high 648th position in the ATP ranking. He spends his month of June playing futures in Serbia, where his best result is a final against Frenchman Axel Michon, 340th player in the world, which he loses 6:7(8), 6:4, 5:7.
Youngest European in top 400!
By late August the Croatian tour is on and Dzumhur plays great and wins Osijek, his second title, this one without the dropped set. That success launches him to the top 500 in the first week of September, all the way to the 460th position, which marked the achievement of the goals set by Damir and his father Nerfid Dzumhur, who is also his coach, at the beginning of the season. Still, this is not the end of their story because Damir plays great again in October and November, adding new trophies to their collection. Clay court season is closed in Dubrovnik in great style – winning 15.000 futures both in single (without the dropped set) and double, which sees him jump to 376th position in the ranking. After that he moves on to hard courts and wins the first tournament he plays – futures in Antalya (Turkey), which secured him the current ranking (339) and showed that he is not just a one-surface payer.
Taking a look at the ATP ranking shows a few more interesting facts. To mention a few, youngest European in the top 400 is Damir Dzumhur, which reiterates the continuation of his dominance on the European continent, carried over from his junior days. Of the European players born in the same year as Dzumhur, only Spaniard Javier Marti (184) and German Kevin Krawietz (323), are ranked better, keeping in mind that Mart has practically by-passed his junior career to play on the pro-tour.
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