Every week Baseline will select a “Player of the Week.” That athlete may not always win the highest category tournament that week, but perform the best compared to their recent playing history.

Mirza Basic, a previously unknown player from Bosnia, stunned top seed Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals of Sofia in straight sets. And he didn't stop there. 

The world No. 129-ranked qualifier beat Marius Copil 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-4 in his first-ever ATP final. It marked his seventh straight win.

Since turning pro in 2012, Basic has won seven ITF Futures titles and two ATP Challengers. The 26-year-old showed signs of a promising year by reaching the quarterfinals of Doha (also as a qualifier), but then he lost in the first round of qualifying at the Australian Open and fell in the second round of an ATP Challenger in France.  


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But Basic found magic in the Bulgarian capital. He rose to a career-high No. 77 after the breakthrough week—marking his first time inside the Top 100.

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