i thought to start with this thread few months ago but thought it's a bit too early
i started to follow him intensively from 2 semis in tunisia in february
he was at 244. place in a mid of january
Pavic just won GA doubles title in Osaka (Japan) and played final in singles (lost 4:6, 6:1, 3:6 against his partner, one year older Japanese Uchiyama).
He should be in junior top 10 for the first time (he will be 3rd of his generation).
he won his first round match at croatia f8 vs. a top 800 player
great, really great!!!
i didn't see that's happed because he played match (actually hole tournament) on completely other part of the worls only 4 days ago. and that was on hard, this is clay. in that situation almost anybody should beat 17 years old unexperienced player.
Mate has been making his way up the rankings nicely. He reached a CH ranking of 773 last week.
This week he's into the QF at Heraklion Challenger. In R1 he crushed the #4 seed Bloemke (#486, CH #302) 62 62. He was less impressive in R2 (needed three close sets to beat #1007 Kosler) but managed to win.
Also, he's at his CH doubles ranking of 211. Not bad for an 18 year old!