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ATP Ranking: European honor defended by Basic and Dzumhur

Youngest European player in top 400 on the ATP ranking is Damir Dzumhur, while Basic, who is ranked 288, trails only two players younger than him.

Year behind us saw significant results in BH tennis, namely on men’s circuit. First, the return of Amer Delic was successful and he is now ranked 212 on ATP list, which opens up ample possibilities to advance further in the coming year. Secondly, two young players which were in the top of the junior tennis over the previous years have shown that their junior success was no fluke.

In-line with their peers

Mirza Basic (12.7.1991) has proved that he can play Challengers (two semifinals, both indoor, and one quarterfinal on clay), while winning sole title on clay (Futures in Serbia). He took first points at an ATP event (Belgrade), albeit won in the qualifications. All this brought him great ranking – 288th place, while starting the year ranked 520.

At the same time Damir Dzumhur (20.5.1992) had a great rookie season on professional tour advancing from 1005th to 340th position. He won four tournaments, all Futures, three on clay and one with prize money of 15.000.

Comparing the abovementioned results of two Sarajevans to their competition, notably with younger players we have come to some rather interesting conclusions. To point out, Basic is ranked 6th in ATP rankings among his age peers (same year of birth), while Dzumhur is ranked 11th among players born in 1992.

Europe has no better

However, if we look at regional (continental) background of players we come to the following facts. Ahead of Dzumhur, of European players, are only Spanish Javier Marti (184) and German Kevin Krawietz (332), both older than him (born in January), while behind him is Italian Federico Gaio, ranked 375, but also older (born in March). Thus, Damir Dzumhur is currently the youngest European in the top 400 in the ATP rankings! If we look at the same data in regards to Mirza Basic we come to the following – in front of his 288th ranking are only two younger Europeans – the before mentioned Spanish Marti and Laurynas Grigelis, of Lithuania, who is ranked 198.

Just as a reminder, Europeans are currently dominating the world tennis – top 10 has 9 European players, while top 100 holds 72. Should we look at this situation, in which the greatest hopes of European tennis, and of world tennis at the same time, are coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as unusual and surprising? Of course not! Top tennis has very much been marked by Bosnians, who one must say, due to various circumstances, have competed under different flags. Top 10 had two players already – Ivan Ljubicic (CRO, 3) and Marin Cilic (CRO, 9). Top 100 has Ivan Dodig (32), while Delic was ranked 60. Best ranking of Marinko Matosevic (AUS, 131), another Bosnian born players is not bat at all, is it? All these players are still on the tour as well!

Therefore, Basic and Dzumhur are just a continuation of a one greater line of players and it would be no surprise if they find themselves in ATP’s exclusive company, showing once again that the kids of this region are natural born Tennis talents. If only the people making money on tennis would recognize this and provide support for the Sarajevo players, who knows where their limits would be?


Raonic and Tomic lead the pack
Young players are having hard time making it to the tennis elite. To point out, inside top 100 only five players are born in 1990 or beyond. First of them is Milos Raonic (1990), native Montenegrin, who is playing under Canadian flag and is currently ranked 31. Second is Bernard Tomic (1992), player of Bosnian roots, born in Germany, but playing form Australia and is currently ranked 42 in the world. Other are Dimitrov Grigor (Bulgaria, 1991), ranked 76, followed by Ryan Harrison (USA, 1992), ranked 79 and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Germany, 1990) ranked 81 on the ATP list.
 

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Just 5 players born 1990 and later in Top 100

31 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 1255 (27.12.90)
42 Tomic, Bernard (AUS) 970 (21.10.92)
76 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL) 666 (16.05.91)
79 Harrison, Ryan (USA) 658 (07.05.92)
81 Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel (GER) 652 (09.10.90)

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19 players born 1990 and later in Top 200

31 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 1,255 (27.12.90)
42 Tomic, Bernard (AUS) 970 (21.10.92)
76 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL) 666 (16.05.91)
79 Harrison, Ryan (USA) 658 (07.05.92)
81 Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel (GER) 652 (09.10.90)
119 Pospisil, Vasek (CAN) 481 (23.06.90)
125 Berankis, Ricardas (LTU) 460 (21.06.90)
135 Giannessi, Alessandro (ITA) 395 (30.05.90)
136 Carreno-Busta, Pablo (ESP) 392 (12.07.91)
144 Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS) 366 (09.05.90)
151 Bagnis, Facundo (ARG) 348 (27.02.90)
166 Delbonis, Federico (ARG) 306 (05.10.90)
172 Elias, Gastao (POR) 294 (24.11.90)
173 Yang, Tsung-Hua (TPE) 289 (29.03.91)
174 Goffin, David (BEL) 287 (07.12.90)
182 Ignatik, Uladzimir (BLR) 269 (14.07.90)
184 Marti, Javier (ESP) 267 (11.01.92)
190 Lajovic, Dusan (SRB) 261 (30.06.90)
198 Grigelis, Laurynas (LTU) 248 (14.08.91)
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Just not enough talent to challenge the veterans. Olderer as a teen was beating Sampras on center court. Nadal was RG champion. While Raonic can barely win a MM title, while Tomic's fluke Wimbledon QF is now considered a breakthrough. :eek:
 

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Without the wars, Yugoslavia could probably rival Spain in quality and depth of it's tennis today...
Yugoslavia would dominate most sports if not for the war except soccer

Just not enough talent to challenge the veterans. Olderer as a teen was beating Sampras on center court. Nadal was RG champion. While Raonic can barely win a MM title, while Tomic's fluke Wimbledon QF is now considered a breakthrough. :eek:
quoted for truth
 

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34 players born 1990 and later in Top 300

31 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 1,255 (27.12.90)
42 Tomic, Bernard (AUS) 970 (21.10.92)
76 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL) 666 (16.05.91)
79 Harrison, Ryan (USA) 658 (07.05.92)
81 Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel (GER) 652 (09.10.90)
119 Pospisil, Vasek (CAN) 481 (23.06.90)
125 Berankis, Ricardas (LTU) 460 (21.06.90)
135 Giannessi, Alessandro (ITA) 395 (30.05.90)
136 Carreno-Busta, Pablo (ESP) 392 (12.07.91)
144 Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS) 366 (09.05.90)
151 Bagnis, Facundo (ARG) 348 (27.02.90)
166 Delbonis, Federico (ARG) 306 (05.10.90)
172 Elias, Gastao (POR) 294 (24.11.90)
173 Yang, Tsung-Hua (TPE) 289 (29.03.91)
174 Goffin, David (BEL) 287 (07.12.90)
182 Ignatik, Uladzimir (BLR) 269 (14.07.90)
184 Marti, Javier (ESP) 267 (11.01.92)
190 Lajovic, Dusan (SRB) 261 (30.06.90)
198 Grigelis, Laurynas (LTU) 248 (14.08.91)
216 Copil, Marius (ROU) 225 (17.10.90)
220 Janowicz, Jerzy (POL) 222 (13.11.90)
227 Mitchell, Benjamin (AUS)214 214 (30.11.92)
237 Rufin, Guillaume (FRA) 204 (26.05.90)
239 Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER) 202 (25.04.90)
254 Struvay, Eduardo (COL) 187 (17.12.90)
263 Michon, Axel (FRA) 181 (16.12.90)
270 Reid, Matt (AUS) 174 (17.07.90)
275 Duckworth, James (AUS) 171 (21.01.92)
276 Kudla, Denis (USA) 171 (17.08.92)
277 Arguello, Facundo (ARG) 170 (04.08.92)
287 Clezar, Guilherme (BRA) 159 (31.12.92)
290 Zhang, Ze (CHN) 158 (04.07.90)
292 Eysseric, Jonathan (FRA) 158 (27.05.90)
297 Saavedra-Corvalan,Cristobal(CHI)156 (01.08.90)
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this is old trend (BiH > CRO, USA, SRB...; all > USA)
new trend is USA > BiH (Delić); USA > RUS (Bogomolov), CRO > BiH (Tinjić), SLO > BiH (Kajtazović) etc.
 

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Stars of BiH(1): 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.

Record improvement

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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I don't understand what is so special about Top-400? Why not Top-500 or Top-300 or Top-457 and 3/4?
 

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I don't understand what is so special about Top-400? Why not Top-500 or Top-300 or Top-457 and 3/4?
Because there is younger European player in Top 500... Roberto Carballes Baena
 

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Ugh.. I am sick and tired of this sport being taken over by eastern Europe! First Serbia and now Bosnia.. disgusting. I will quit watching when the eastern Europeans occupy the top 10.
Hm, Americans felt the same way in 1986. US Open, when 4 players born in Czechoslovakia played in singles finals and home nation had only one player in 1/4, for the first time since 1966.

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Ugh.. I am sick and tired of this sport being taken over by eastern Europe! First Serbia and now Bosnia.. disgusting. I will quit watching when the eastern Europeans occupy the top 10.
First Croatia ...

Go, Miloš Raonić!
 
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