**ATP Rank: 47
UTR Rank: 35**
What he's done since last summer: At ATP events, was a finalist at 2019 Antalya; semifinalist at 2020 Doha and New York.
Grit. Focused. Hungry. These three words encapsulate 20-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic.
Kecmanovic’s rise has been fascinating to watch. Born in Belgrade, he moved to the famed IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. at the age of 13. Honing his skills, the investment soon paid off as he won the Orange Bowl in 2016, and finished the year as the No. 1-ranked junior. Since turning pro in 2017, he’s made great strides ranking-wise, currently sitting at No. 47—his career-high.
According to IMG Academy's director of player development, former world No. 5 Jimmy Arias, Kecmanovic is a quick study.
“He has improved his serve enough and his groundstrokes are really solid,” Arias said of Kecmanovic. “He’s tough to beat. He hits the ball deep, consistently, he moves well and obviously competes well.”
A certified fighter, Kecmanovic is not one to shy away from a challenge. His weapon of choice: lethal double-handed backhand. Much like his well-regarded compatriot Djokovic, the youngster’s all-court game is hard to penetrate. He plays aggressive, covers the court very well, and his defense skills are just as enviable.
“I don't see him getting tight very often,” Miro Hrvatin, Kecmanovic's coach for the past three years, told ATPtour.com. “He believes in his strokes. I think whenever the ball is in play he has a chance.”
Sharing a hometown with the world No. 1 obviously has it perks. The young Serb has benefited from his frequently practice sessions with Djokovic.
“Obviously sometimes you don't feel like doing anything. You feel like not practicing or maybe quitting,” Kecmanovic said. “And to hear [Djokovic] saying, 'No, you have to keep going. Push through it,' give some encouraging advice like that, I think that helped me a lot.”
In his few years on tour, Kecmanovic has proven he can compete with big names which include victories over Alexander Zverev and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Following in Djokovic's footsteps is a huge undertaking, but Kecmanovic is well on his way to one day joining the 17-time major champion in elite company.