01:45 PM GMT June 28, 2019
#NextGenATP Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic held his nerve to advance to his first ATP Tour final at the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya on Friday.
In a match featuring no breaks of serve, the 19-year-old edged past third-seeded Australian Jordan Thompson 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(1) in two hours and 51 minutes. Kecmanovic saved three break points, and Thompson saved all six he faced.
“It's an ATP. Everybody knows how to play tennis. Everybody's good,” Kecmanovic said. “It's definitely exciting that I was able to come through... I hope that I can keep up playing the way I did and that's all I can ask of myself.”
Kecmanovic is currently in eighth position in the ATP Race To Milan for a spot at the 21-and-under Next Gen ATP Finals in November. He made the second round at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart and qualified at the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle.
“I thought I had a couple good matches in Stuttgart and Halle and I thought I could maybe go a few rounds, but I'm very happy to make it all the way to the final,” Kecmanovic said.
He will next meet Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain or Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego. Their semi-final was postponed until Saturday because of rain with Sonego leading 6-3, 5-5. The Italian had four match points while Carreno Busta was serving at 3-5, but the 27-year-old Spaniard saved them all.
Kecmanovic, whose previous-best tour-level finish had come with a quarter-final run at the BNP Paribas Open in March, lost just 10 of his first-service points in 18 service games, which included 14 aces. Thompson struck 22 aces.
Two weeks ago, the 25-year-old Thompson, who has a 21-13 match record in 2019, reached his first ATP Tour final at the grass-court Libema Open (l. to Mannarino). With six wins from eight grass-court matches, he will now travel to London and prepare to face Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon first round.