Bosnian tennis player Mirza Basic is set to make his Masters 1000 debut. The 26-year-old failed to make it past the Miami Masters qualifying but sneaked into the main draw as a lucky loser following a player withdrawal. The 75th-ranked Bosnian beat American Dennis Novikov in round one of qualifying but failed to beat another local man in the final round as he was defeated by promising Michael Mmoh.
To make it all even better for Basic, he is set to clash against world No. 107 Yuki Bhambri - - who clinched a spot in the main draw through qualifying. Just two weeks earlier, Basic lost in round one of the Indian Wells Masters qualifying to world No.
207 Mitchell Kruger. It was the first time that the Bosnian was playing qualifying of a Masters 1000 event. After a couple of years of trying to reach a Grand Slam main draw, Basic debuted at the Grand Slam level in 2016 when he made it past the Australian Open qualifying.
Back then, a 24-year-old Basic beat the experienced Robin Haase in round one to clinch his maiden Grand Slam win before he was defeated by former top-10 player Tomas Berdych in his following match. Basic, who has spent the majority of his career on the Challenger circuit, recently made it all the way as a qualifier at the ATP 250 tournament in Sofia this past February.
The Bosnian stunned three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the Sofia semi-finals before he beat Marius Copil in the final to claim his maiden ATP title. World No. 75 Basic, who started the year ranked at No. 138, reached his career-high ranking of No.
74 last month. Rising Basic now has a good chance to claim his maiden Masters 1000 win, earn some extra points and continue his rise. Basic now has nothing to lose at the Miami Masters as he should relax and hope that something nice will happen out of this unexpected opportunity.