Matija Pecotic ought to maybe take into account giving up his day job after the full-time finance skilled shocked former world No. 8 Jack Sock on his ATP Tour major draw debut on the Delray Seashore Open on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Croatian qualifier, who’s a director of Capital Markets for Wexford Actual Property Traders – an affiliate of the $4 billion funding agency Wexford Capital – rallied to beat Sock 4-6 6-2 6-2.
Pecotic reached a career-high rating of No. 206 in 2015 however briefly give up the game as a consequence of problems following abdomen surgical procedure. He then went on to hitch Harvard Enterprise College, the place he rediscovered his love for the sport.
Pecotic sealed the win in entrance of his boss, who’s a long-time buddy of his coach, Dominik Hrbaty.
“I needed to go away work early as we speak,” joked Pecotic. “I needed to ship an e-mail to the entire workforce. My boss let me off. I’m going to should ask for one more break day tomorrow.”
The world No. 784, who meets Marcos Giron subsequent, mentioned the win over Sock within the opening spherical was surprising, however he didn’t method the match pondering he didn’t have an opportunity.
“You’ve obtained to be practical,” Pecotic mentioned.
“This can be a former high 10 man with an unbelievable quantity of tennis expertise and an enormous serve. He got here out serving 134 mph on the primary serve. It will be boastful to suppose I’m going to come back out and count on to win.
“However I figured if I might sink my tooth into the match and work on the 2 or three patterns I ready earlier than, that I’m going to have an opportunity.”