World No. 69 Miomir Kecmanovic didn't have an impressive year on paper but still he is happy with how his season went. Kecmanovic, 22, suffered a first round loss at the Paris Masters on Tuesday and his 2021 season came to an end.
Kecmanovic, who enjoyed a successful junior career, achieved his best result of the season at the start of the year, when he made the Buenos-Aires semifinal. Kecmanovic struggled with consistency throughout the year and that's why he went from a career-high ranking of No.
38 to world No. 69. In Paris, Kecmanovic won two qualifying matches before losing to Gael Monfils in the first round. "Even though it wasn't a good year result-wise, I showed that I can play well and I improved in some important areas.
I'm glad that I managed to finish the season well -- now I will take a short break, start working again, 2022 will be a new start," Kecmanovic said, per Sasa Ozmo.
Kecmanovic won the opener but then lost the match
Monfils was down by a set but he refused to quit and ended up beating Kecmanovic 4-6 7-5 6-3.
A few days ago, Monfils' spoke highly of Kecmanovic's fellow compatriot. Monfils believes that the loss Djokovic suffered in the US Open final changed nothing as he still considers the Serb as a legend. "I still see him as a legend of tennis.
He's won three Grand Slams, and he's still trying to get more. He's a legend of tennis. He lost against Daniil who played extremely well. He hasn't lost a lot of matches. He's No. 2 worldwide. So as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't change anything," Monfils said.
"Both players have great level. Novak is still Novak. He's still a fantastic player. He's won three Grand Slams. He's still the same. He only lost to the second player, the second-ranked player."