Bosnia’s Mirza Basic completed a stunning week in Sofia by outlasting Marius Copil 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 19 minutes to win his maiden ATP title.
The 26-year-old Sarajevo-born player, earned the biggest victory of his career by beating Stan Wawrinka in the semis and made sure his dream week had the right ending with a spirited display in the final.
“I’m very, very happy about everything this week,” said Basic. “It’s my first title in my first final, which does not happen to many players. After this win, Sofia will always be my special place.”
Both Basic and Copil were contesting their first-ever ATP final and the Romanian, who was ranked 93 in the world before the tournament, went into the match as the favourite.
But the Bosnian, who had to qualify in Sofia due to his pre-event ranking of 129, upset the odds and will now jump a remarkable 53 places to a career-high of 76 when the updated list is released. Copil’s performances will move him up to 74.