When the time got here for his ATP Tour major draw debut, issues couldn’t have gone a lot better for Aleksandar Kovacevic.
The 24-year-old American surprised seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4, 6-4 on the Eugene Korea Open Tennis Championships on Monday. Kovacevic had fallen within the last spherical of qualifying on the ATP 250 hard-court occasion in Seoul, however he took benefit of a fortunate loser spot in fashion as he broke the World No. 32 3 times en path to a formidable 93-minute first-round victory.
“[It is] a bit bit surreal,” mentioned Kovacevic, who will meet Christopher O’Connell or Chun-Hsin Tseng within the second spherical. “I watch these matches on TV on daily basis. I think about numerous these guys my friends and I really feel like I’m enjoying at a fairly good stage, however simply being on the market in an ATP occasion in the primary draw… I believed that I wanted a bit extra expertise to be trustworthy earlier than I did effectively.
“I performed very well on the market. There’s one thing about large matches for me. For Miomir that is clearly not an enormous second as a result of he’s been right here for some time, however for me it’s a large deal, so it brings out a few of my greatest tennis. [I’m] actually glad for this one, however hoping to proceed it through the week. Undoubtedly completely satisfied to get this primary one, however not absolutely happy but.”
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Born to a Serbian father and Bosnian mom and raised in New York Metropolis, Kovacevic has simply accomplished his first 12 months as a professional after enjoying faculty tennis on the College of Illinois. After reaching his maiden ATP Challenger Tour last in Indianapolis in August, Monday’s win represents an immediate reward for the World No. 222’s determination to take the journey to Seoul.
“I don’t actually journey the world a lot,” mentioned Kovacevic. “I graduated from faculty a couple of 12 months in the past, so that is my first sort of 12 months on Tour, and I’ve been primarily enjoying tournaments within the US so it’s positively a change. I sort of got here right here to get myself a bit bit out of my consolation zone, and that’s precisely what these previous few days has been.
“[It has been] sort of tough, I got here down with a chilly the primary day I used to be right here and been attempting to accustom myself to the circumstances and sleep and all that. However South Korea is wonderful, I’ve been loving it. I’m right here for 4 weeks, I’ve dedicated to doing that, and I couldn’t be happier proper now.”
Additionally on Monday, Radu Albot marked his Seoul debut with a cushty 6-3, 6-4 win towards Japanese fortunate loser Hiroki Moriya. Albot will meet American Steve Johnson or residence wild card JiSung Nam within the second spherical as he seeks to succeed in his second tour-level quarter-final of 2022.
Kaichi Uchida prevailed within the last match of the day in Seoul with a 6-4, 6-2 win towards one other South Korean wild card, Seong-chan Hong. Uchida will meet second seed Cameron Norrie within the second spherical, the place Jaume Munar can even characteristic. The Spaniard’s first-round opponent Yosuke Watanuki retired after simply three video games of the pair’s second ATP Head2Head assembly, leaving Munar to advance to a second-round conflict towards fourth seed Denis Shapovalov.