Matija Pecotic is a 33-year-old part-time player who plays rarely these days. He entered the Delray Beach Open qualifiers as an alternate and created a few upsets to find himself in R1 by beating Tennys Sandgren in the qualifiers. He took on former top 10 player Sock in a match and bested him too in three sets.
What makes this incredible is the fact that Pecotic asked to leave work early in order to make the match and his boss followed him to the match as well:
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“I had to leave work early today. I had to send an email to the whole team. My boss let me off. I’m going to have to ask for another day off tomorrow.”
It's not something he expected but the comeback win 3-6 6-2 6-2 was surely impressive:
“You’ve got to be realistic. This is a former top 10 guy with an incredible amount of tennis experience and a huge serve. He came out serving 134mph on the first serve. It would be arrogant to think I’m going to come out and expect to win. But I figured if I could sink my teeth into the match and work on the two or three patterns I prepared before, that I’m going to have a chance.”