"title": "Basic clinches maiden title in Sofia",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Mirza-Basic-HittingForehandShot-180210-Ge-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nBosnian qualifier Mirza Basic needed all his skill and determination to beat big-serving Romanian Marius Copil 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 6-4 in a nerve-wracking final of the Sofia Open and win his first tour title on Sunday.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBasic showed no signs of fatigue, playing his seventh match in Armeets Arena, and became only the second Bosnian to win a title after Damir Dzumhur's triumph in St Petersburg in September.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe 26-year-old, who outclassed top seed Stanislas Wawrinka and fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber on the way to the biggest victory of his career, wore down his opponent with a punishing ground-stroking game and strong service returns.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nWorld number 93 Copil, who fired 19 aces during his first final, also enjoyed an amazing run in Sofia, recording four straight sets wins. The Romanian will match his career-high ranking, climbing up to number 74 on Monday.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nUndaunted by his first final, Basic, ranked 129th in the world, was stronger on the key points and moved brilliantly around the court.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHe wrapped up the thrilling encounter in two hours and 21 minutes before collapsing to his knees in front of the roaring fans.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nMore familiar at the Challenger level of play, Basic - whose victory earned him nearly $110&nbsp;000 and 250 points for the world ranking, topped his career-best effort of a semifinal finish in St Petersburg last year.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"It's a special day for me,\" Basic, who will climb up more than 50 places in the ranking to reach number 76 on Monday. \"I won a tournament and I moved up into the top 100.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I've always dreamed of a place in the top 100 and I managed to fulfil my dream today.\" <\/p>",
    "blurb": "Mirza Basic needed all his skill and determination to overcome Marius Copil for his first tour title.",
    "date": "2018-02-12T00:50:04",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Reuters",
    "img_credit": "Mirza Basic \u00a9 Getty Images",
    "category": "ATP",
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