Rising Serbian star Miomir Kecmanovic says he has proved to himself that he is capable of competing and beating the top players after his upset first round win at the Cincinnati Masters. Kecmanovic, ranked at No. 58 in the world, saw off 21st-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets 6-3 6-3 to progress into the Cincinnati second round.
Qualifier Kecmanovic dominated the Canadian teenage sensation as he converted 3-of-4 of his break point chances, won 90 percent of his first serve points and didn't face a single break in just over an hour of play. "Honestly, it means a lot to me -- to make a breakthrough mentally and to know that I can play with players like this.
I think this win help will help me a lot going forward," Kecmanovic exclusively told Sport Klub after his win over Auger-Aliassime. Kecmanovic will have a chance to claim another upset win in Cincinnati as next up for him will be 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev.
Kecmanovic, 19, and 22-year-old Zverev will be clashing against each other for the first time in their respective careers when they meet in Cincinnati.