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Stars of BiH(2): Mirza Basic a step away from ATP company

Behind the 20-year old Sarajevan is a season in which he practically said goodbye to the futures and showed his worth on the Challenger tour, where he performed great and is one of the leaders of his generation.


Jump of 232 places on the ATP list does not impress at first glance, however when the jump is from 520 to 282, than this fact appears to be much more interesting. For B&H public this information is particularly important as this significant jump in the ranking has occurred all through-out one calendar year of play by Mirza Basic, one of the world's best young players.

Tursunov is not a coincidence

After a great junior career (best ranking – 6th on IFT Ranking), this young Sarajevan has in the last two years, namely from February 8th of 2010, when he was ranked 1015, until December 12th this year, when he ranked 288 in the world, done a great job.

Season which just ended Basic opened with January appearances on two very strong futures (15.000, indoor) in United Kingdom, where he reached semi-finals both times, which put inside the top 500 (January 31st he was ranked 464 in the world). February than saw him play in the final of the equally strong tournament in Croatia, after which he had the tournament of his career – semifinal of the Sarajevo Challenger, which he reached after wins over Slovenian Grega Zemlja, 141 ATP ranking, and Dmitry Tursunov (RUS), 7:6(11) 7:6(1). After these great performances Basic jumped into the top 400 and stayed there throughout the spring and the entire summer (best result was a final in Prijedor, B&H). Before that (end April) he played the final of the qualifications at the Belgrade ATP tournament (lost to Franko Skugor, CRO, 4:6 2:6)

Best of Europe

In September he finally catches good form on clay and wins the futures in Serbia and plays the quarterfinal of the Banjaluka (B&H) challenger (lost to Spaniard Pere Riba, 70th on the ATP list, 1:6 3:6). He completes the year by excellent performances on the American tour, where he plays a series of indoor Challengers. In Knoxville (USA) Basic reaches semifinals from the qualifications, beating Bobby Reynolds, 118th world player by the score of 6:3 6:3. That was a great ending to the season because that performance put him into the top 300, which is a certain sign that his efforts were not in vain and that his career is heading in a right direction.

This is confirmed by the following – only two Europeans younger than him have a better ranking – those are Spaniard Javier Marti (1992), ranked 184, and Laurynas Grigelis (1991), ranked 198.
 

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Bosnia has caught up to Croatia/Serbia in terms of football power. This is their best generation of football stars.

But in terms of tennis, it will take awhile, but I'm sure one day we'll get some top notch Bosnian players in the ATP top 70 or 50 sooner or later, and maybe one day, somewhere in the top 30. I think once the country becomes stable, things will move up quickly and efficiently.
 

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Start in 2012

Mirza Bašić > GBR > 9. 1. 2012 - Glasgow, 15.000, indoor/ hard
Tomislav Brkić > TUR > 16. 1. 2012 - Antalya - Kaya-Belek, 10.000, hard
Damir Džumhur > TUR > 23. 1. 2012 - Antalya - Kaya-Belek, 10.000, hard
 

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ATP Rankings Under 21
(Last update: Wednesday, 4 January)



1 Miloš Raonić (21) CAN 1255

2 Bernard Tomić (19) AUS 1015

3 Grigor Dimitrov (20) BUL 666

4 Cedrik Marcel Stebe (21) GER 652

5 Ryan Harrison (19) USA 646

6 Vasek Pospisil (21) CAN 485

7 Ricardas Berankis (21) LTU 428

8 Alessandro Giannessi (21) ITA 395

9 Pablo Carreno Busta (20) ESP 392

10 Evgeny Donskoy (21) RUS 366...

33 Mirza Bašić (20) BIH 158

45 Damir Džumhur (19) BIH 126

95 Tomislav Brkić (21) BIH 64
 

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Amazing that 2 Serbs - Djokovic and Tipsarevic are now in the ATP Top 10. Considering what Serbs have been through with the civil war in Yugo and the handicaps they face. Shows Djokovic is no fluke. Great athletic talent in former Yugo.
Maybe you don't know but there is no war in Serbia, only in Bosnia and Croatia. And Croatia allready had 2 top 10 players in same time.
 

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... 2012

Turkey F1 Futures 2012, 9-15. January
Venue: Antalya - Kaya-Belek, Turkey
Surface: Hard
Winners
Men Singles:
Tomislav BRKIĆ (BIH) :cool:

Men Doubles:
BRKIĆ (BIH) / ŠETKIĆ (BIH)


Turkey F2 Futures 2012, 16-22. January
Venue: Antalya - Kaya-Belek, Turkey
Surface: Hard
Winners
Men Singles:
Aldin ŠETKIĆ (BIH) ;)


Turkey F4 Futures 2012, 30 January to 5 February
Venue: Antalya - Belconti, Turkey
Surface: Hard
Winners
Men Singles:
Damir DŽUMHUR (BIH)

Men Doubles:
DŽUMHUR (BIH) / ŠETKIĆ (BIH) :worship:
 

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Damir Džumhur won Ćividino (Italy)

Winner from the heart of Bosnia :worship:

This weekend, Damir Dzumhur, the biggest tennis hope of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has definitely closed a phase in his tennis development. Namely he has won a trophy on Cividino (Italy) Futures, which is his 6th title in the last 10 months. This 19 year old Sarajevan began his winning spree in June of 2011 (Brcko, BiH), continued in September and November (Osijek and Dubrovnik), and in December in Turkey (Antalya), just to extend the roll in February this year again in Turkey (Antalya) and now in Italy.

First three titles were won on clay courts, two on hard courts, while the last one was won indoors. In the past ten months he has also played one final (Belgrade, Serbia), but came up shorthanded, making his finally tally a rather impressing 6-1.

Thus in his trophy room there is only one trophy missing – one won on grass courts – to really have a perfect collection. Certainly, Damir and his father Nerfid Dzumhur, who is also his career long coach, will find the way to add such a title to their list.

Damir Dzumhur plays Davis Cup this week and switches to clay thereafter (Brazil).

All the above mentioned results will largely reflect upon the ATP ranking coming out on April 9th, when Dzumhur will break into top 300. More precisely, he will be ranked around 270, making him the second all-time best ranked Bosnian player. Amer Delic, who ranked 60 in 2007, will be the sole remaining ahead of Damir.
 

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FINALLY!!! :worship:

Former top ranking Junior cracks ATP Top 300

By Nick Fishpool

CIVIDINO, ITALY: 19-year-old Damir Dzumhur, a fast rising star of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 2010 year-end Junior World Number 4, continued his tennis development by claiming a second singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit this year and sixth singles title in the last ten months...

(itftennis.com)
 

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never thought Damir would make the next step into challengers so early

keep going son :yeah:
 
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