Serbian world No. 157 Danilo Petrovic didn't hide his happiness after kicking off his Adria Tour campaign in Zadar with a shock win over German tennis star Alexander Zverev.
Petrovic won the qualifying event organized by the Croatian Tennis Federation this week and received a wildcard for the Adria Tour.
Petrovic, who claimed four straight-set wins in the qualifying event, onrinued his strong form on Saturday when he faced world No. 7 Zverev. The 28-year-old Serb claimed the biggest win of his career as he stunned 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion Zverev 4-3 (2) 4-3 (1).
"It was a pretty tight contest but I played my game. I think it was especially tough for him because it was his first match here. It was windy today. I was trying to sneak my way on the court, while I think he was trying more to play his game.
Simply, I took the chances he gave me and I'm really happy for that," Petrovic told Sport Klub.
Danilo Petrovic admits he badly wanted to beat Zverev
Petrovic broke Zverev in the opening game of the match but then dropped his serve in back-to-back games.
But Zverev failed to serve out for the first set in the fifth game as Petrovic recovered from a 3-1 deficit to force a tie-break -- in which he dominated the German to steal the opener. Petrovic then started the second set with an early break but Zverev got the break back when the Serb was serving for the match in the fifth game.
But failing to serve out for the match didn't affect Petrovic, who dominated the second set tie-break to seal a straight-set win. "Many players on the Tour -- myself included -- have many chances to clinch big wins but end up falling just short.
It's really important to make the most out of your chances whenever you have a chance to win a match like this," Petrovic said. Petrovic's wish is to play Novak Djokovic but he would have to make the final in order to potentially meet the world No.
1. "This gave me wings. When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me 'son don't give the wings to your opponents.' I will continue to give my best and we will see what happens," Danilo Petrovic said.