Since adding former world No.3 David Nalbandian to the coaching fray in February last year, Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic is reaping the rewards in 2022.
After beginning the season at world No.69, the 22-year-old reached the fourth round at a major for the first time at the Australian Open and landed wins over the likes of 10th-ranked Matteo Berrettini, world No.9 Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz in reaching consecutive Masters 1000 quarter-finals in Indian Wells and Miami.
On clay he pushed his compatriot and world No.1 Novak Djokovic to three sets in the Belgrade quarter-finals and made the semi-finals in Munich a week later.
“Yeah, he's very important,” Kecmanovic said of Nalbandian following his defeat to Gael Monfils in Melbourne.
“I think he changed a lot of things, a lot of things that had to be changed and thankfully it's all starting to pay off.”
He currently stands at No.7 on the match-wins leaderboard for 2022 and is ranked inside the top 20 on the ATP Race to Turin.