Dusan Lajovic hailed his surprise victory over Juan Martin del Potro as the number one win of his career as he booked his spot in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open.
The world No. 95 upset the odds to rally back from a set down and dump the Argentine out of the Masters 1000 event, in a stunning match on Manolo Santana.
After the match, Lajovic hailed the 3-6 6-4 7-6 victory as the best of his career and revealed that his fellow Serb Novak Djokovic had already sent him a message of congratulations.
When asked where he ranked the win, he replied: Number one, for sure. First top-10 win.
And in a Masters where everybody is playing their best tennis, I mean, its a huge achievement for me. Ive lost the previous 10, I think, matches again top-10.
Its for sure my best win, and definitely one of the best matches I played. I really felt good on the court today. I felt I had my chances throughout the whole match. I was fighting from the first point till the last. It paid off.
I still am not believing it 100%, but I know that I deserved to win today. Im just feeling the whole week very good on the court, and everything is working so far. I just keep going with it.
When asked if Djokovic had offered him any advice prior to his win against Del Potro, he added: Before this match, no.
He congratulated me now after the match. I didnt want to bother him after the loss yesterday. Just said bad luck. But I spoke with my coach. He had some good tactics, as always.
We keep in touch, yeah. And bad luck that he lost yesterday. I think hes on the right way. He played a good first match, a good set yesterday. Its just not easy to come back after being off for so long.
I think if he keeps practising, keeps playing tournaments like this, its going to come for sure very soon.