8/26/2017 10:50:36 AM

Dzumhur battles to become Bosnia's first ATP finalist

Dzumhur battles to become Bosnia

Miami, United States: Damir Dzumhur became Bosnia’s first player to reach an ATP Tour final at the Winston-Salem Open on Friday and was glad to reward compatriots at home who stayed up late to watch him overhaul Kyle Edmund.

The 25-year-old recovered from a poor start to beat the Briton 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 and will bid to become the Balkan nation’s first Tour winner in Saturday’s title-decider against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.

“I think everybody in Bosnia is still awake and watching me, which makes me really proud for my country,” said Dzumhur. “For such a small country as Bosnia, it”s a really big result. It's going to be a big thing for me, for my country, as the only player in the Top 100 making great results.”

Dzumhur, who is ranked 67th, is not the first Bosnian-born player to make an ATP Tour final, with others to have done so under the flag of another country.

The 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic played for Bosnia as a junior, but has represented Croatia as a professional.

Ivan Dodig, a 2015 French Open doubles winner, played for Bosnia until 2008 before also shifting allegiance to Croatia. He won his only ATP Tour singles title in 2011.

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