Going into the Australian Open, Miomir Kecmanovic had reached the second round seven times, but had never advanced further. On Wednesday, the Serb beat American Tommy Paul to make the third round at this level for the first time.

Ahead of his third-round clash against 25th-seeded Lorenzo Sonego, learn more about Kecmanovic’s life off the pitch in this edition of ATPTour.com’s ‘Nomadic Life’ series.

What are two essential non-tennis related items that you always pack on trips?
A face mask, hand sanitizer, those are the two most important things right now. I need my phone, my iPad, my headphones, maybe some snacks, something like that. The neck pillow. These are the essentials.

What item did you forget to bring once that caused you distress?
Nothing big. I actually once packed the wrong ropes for the trip, but other than that, maybe clothes or something.

Do you enjoy traveling the world or do you consider it something that has to be done to be a professional tennis player? If you like it, what do you like about traveling?
I don’t appreciate it as much now as before [the pandemic], but I love to travel. You can see so many cool places, so many different things. It’s pretty cool to see so much at such a young age.

Can you tell us about a time when you decided to play a specific tournament partly because you wanted to go to that city?
I’m saving that for later in my career when I get older and closer to retirement. Then I will choose where I will go because of the sites.

What is your favorite tournament city to visit and why?
I liked Acapulco, it was pretty good. The big ones are Miami, Paris, New York, Melbourne. All major cities are amazing.

Is there a landmark or somewhere on the roads that was super cool?
Maybe the Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower. I haven’t visited many wonders of the world, but I absolutely want to go to Machu Picchu, it’s on my bucket list.

What is your favorite vacation destination?
Just somewhere with the sea. Acapulco was amazing. I used to go to Croatia a lot. The coast there is beautiful. I also went to Montenegro once, it was amazing, but I want to go to the Maldives. It’s the next one.

What is your craziest travel story?
[Last year] I traveled 50 hours to get to Cordoba, so it’s at the top of my list now. It took forever to get there. [That took] lots of movies, lots of sleep and just trying not to sit still for 50 hours. The trip was Melbourne-Doha, then three hours of waiting, then Doha-Amsterdam, six and a half hours, then Amsterdam-Buenos Aires, we waited six hours in Buenos Aires, then on to Cordoba.

There was one time we came to a Futures event in Florida, we rented a house, Airbnb, everything looked good. The house looked great and then we got there and the guy had just rented the garage and he just put up pictures of the house to get people there. We slept in the garage for two weeks.

As a tennis player, maintaining your body is of the utmost importance, so how do you take care of it on long trips?
I try to lie down as much as possible because my back is starting to hurt. I try to lie down if I can and maybe stretch a bit when I go out to maybe relax.

How do you try to overcome jet lag and acclimatize to the local time zone?
I’m just trying to get through. The first days are crucial. When you arrive and it’s 5 p.m. and you want to sleep, that’s when you have to resist. Just get to that 10 hour mark, then you’re good to go.

Do you prefer the sense of novelty and excitement of a tournament in a city you’ve never been before or the comfort and familiarity of cities you know well?
I like to go to places I already know, where you know everything. Even new places, once you get it all figured out, it’s still amazing.

Do you have any tips for feeling comfortable on a flight? And how do you pass the time?
The good opportunity I have is that I can afford to do business trips on longer flights, so that’s really a big plus. But when I travel in economy class, I try to find as soon as there is a seat available, just take one where there are two or three seats. You always have to have the pillow for the neck, the socks that go up for the veins, for the pressure. [You have to] wear comfortable clothes – no jeans.

Are you someone who arrives at the airport with a lot of free time or do you cut it well?
Early. I get nervous that maybe there are a lot of people, maybe a queue. ‘What if we miss it?’ So I always like to be a little ahead. I missed a flight, but because of the connection, not because it was my fault.