Dzumhur battles to become Bosnia's first ATP finalist
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[August 26, 2017]
(Reuters) - Damir Dzumhur became
Bosnia's first player to reach an ATP Tour final at the
Winston-Salem Open on Friday and was glad to reward compatriots at
home who stayed up late to watch him overhaul Kyle Edmund.
The 25-year-old Dzumhur recovered from a poor start to beat the
Briton 1-6 7-5 6-3 and will bid to become the Balkan nation's first
Tour winner in Saturday's title-decider against Spain's Roberto
"I think everybody in Bosnia is still awake and watching me, which
makes me really proud for my country," Dzumhur said in comments
published on the ATP website.
"For such a small country as Bosnia, it's a really big result.
"It's going to be a big thing for me, for my country, as the only
player in the Top 100 making great results.
"So I'm proud of my country and proud of myself and it's going to be
a good day tomorrow."
Dzumhur, who is ranked 67th, is not the first Bosnian-born player to
make an ATP Tour final, with others to have done so under the flag
of another country.
The 2014 U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic played for Bosnia as a junior
but has represented Croatia as a professional.
Ivan Dodig, a 2015 French Open doubles winner, played for Bosnia
until 2008 before also shifting allegiance to Croatia. He won his
only ATP Tour singles title in 2011.
Against Edmund, Dzumhur had to fight off the lethargy of playing 11
matches in 12 days, having reached the final of a Challenger Tour
event in the Dominican Republic last week.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur in action during his second
round match against Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene REUTERS/Stefan
He did not arrive in North Carolina until the early
hours of Monday and was back on court later in the day.
He looked headed for an earlier departure for the U.S. Open that
starts Monday, after being routed in the first set.
But he rallied when the adrenalin kicked in.
"I was a little bit tired," Dzumhur added. "In the second set I
tried to hold my serve and I broke him in a game when he was 40-15
up, and in that moment everything changed.
"As the adrenaline comes up you don't feel (tired) anymore. I think
I will be ready for the final. It's my first final, so I have to
Bautista Agut easily accounted for Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2
6-4 in the other semi-final and has a chance to make amends for last
year's loss in the title-decider to fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ian
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