Players from the Balkans ruled Tuesday at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina continued the best stretch of his career with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 win against Italian Thomas Fabbiano. The Sarajevo native went 18-3 from 31 July to 29 September, a stretch that included a number of milestones for the 25-year-old right-hander.

Dzumhur reached his first ATP World Tour final at the Winston-Salem Open. He won his maiden title at the St. Petersburg Open. And in late September, he gained his second Top 10 win of the season, knocking off then-World No. 4 Alexander Zverev in the Shenzhen Open quarter-finals. Dzumhur, No. 38 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will next meet Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri.

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Serbian Filip Krajinovic upset home favourite and fifth seed Andrey Rublev in a tight opener, 7-5, 7-6(6). Rublev, who joined Zverev on Monday as qualifiers for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, led the second-set tie-break 5/2 but was unable to put away the 25-year-old qualifier, who picked up his first tour-level win of the year.

Krajinovic, No. 77, is 47-15 on the ATP Challenger Tour with five titles this season. He will next play Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who beat Krajinovic’s countryman Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 7-6(2).

Lajovic’s countryman Laslo Djere played big under pressure to pull off an upset and move into the second round of the ATP World Tour 250. Djere saved a match point at 5/6 in the second-set tie-break to beat seventh seed Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 7-6(9), 6-4 in two hours and 49 minutes. Djere will next face Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic or Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia.

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