Princeton head coach Billy Pate on Pecotic, following the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate consolation singles title in Nov. 2012: "It's difficult to imagine a player having a better fall season than Matija did. To go 26-2 against the quality competition he faced is an emormous accomplishment. Today was another great win against one of the top guys in college tennis. I always felt it shows far greater character to lose in the first round and then rebound to win four matches in capturing the consolation draw. It's easy to compete when you're on a roll, but Matija dealt with the setback of losing in the first round and showed tremendous resolve. Today he played what I think is the biggest server in the country (Ohio State's Peter Kobelt) and found a way to break him three times in the second set. I couldn't be more proud of him and we're looking forward to preparing for the spring season.”
2012-13: ITA All-America honoree, Princeton's first since 1984 ... Ivy League Player of the Year, first three-time Ivy POY in the sport's history ... first-team All-Ivy League in singles and doubles ... advanced to the NCAA singles tournament as a No. 9-16 seed and won his first-round match, becoming the first Tiger to win an NCAA men's singles tournament match since 1996 ... was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Northeast in singles and No. 11 in the nation in doubles by the ITA ... in the spring, went 17-4 in singles, play, including 7-0 in Ivy play to finish his winning streak at 22 Ivy singles matches ... played No. 1 singles all spring ... in spring doubles, went 16-3, including 15-3 with Zack McCourt and 1-0 with Matt Spindler ... went 6-1 in Ivy doubles, all at number one with McCourt ... went 26-2 in fall singles, including 13-1 against ranked opponents ... won the Princeton Invitational top singles title, all matches in straight sets, including a win over Columbia's Winston Lin in the final, 7-6, 6-2 ... won the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Men’s Collegiate Invitational top singles title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Winston Lin of Columbia in the semis and 6-1, 6-4 over John Huang of Yale in the final ... became the first Princeton player since 1982, and only the third since the event began in 1979 (Jay Lapidus '81, Ted Farnsworth '84), to advance to the semifinals of the ITA All-America Tournament, winning four matches in three days to become one of two unseeded players in the semifinals along with Peter Kobelt of Ohio State, coming up a tiebreaker short against Alex Domijan of Virginia for a finals berth … Lapidus, Farnsworth and Pecotic are three of the five Ivy Leaguers to make the semifinals in the ITA All-America, along with Columbia's Jeff Chiang in 1989 and Harvard's James Blake, the 1998 champion ... won the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional singles title as the No. 1 seed, defeating Cornell's Sam Fleck 6-3, 6-1, Dartmouth's Xander Centenari 6-3, 6-1 and Yale's John Huang in three sets before defeating Columbia's Winston Lin in three sets in the final ... defeated Oklahoma's Dane Webb 7-6, 7-6 to win the Texas Fall Invitational singles title … won the consolation singles title at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate, defeating soon-to-be No. 1 Peter Kobelt of Ohio State along the way … in doubles, went 13-2, all with Zack McCourt … won the Princeton Invitational doubles title, defeating Yale's Patrick Chase and John Huang 8-4 in the final ... won the USTA/ITA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Men’s Collegiate Invitational top doubles title, teaming with McCourt to defeat Brandon Burke and Sam Fife of Brown in the final, 8-3 … 2011-12: Ivy League Player of the Year ... first-team All-Ivy League in singles ... became the first Princeton player to be a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year ... went 9-2 in fall singles, winning the Columbia Invitational “A” flight by defeating Columbia's top player Haig Schneiderman 6-3, 6-2 in the final ... reached the semifinal fo the ITA Northeast Regional, losing to former Ivy Player of the Year Marc Powers of Yale in three sets … qualified for the ITA All-America, defeating San Francisco's Thai Tu 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round before falling to Oklahoma's Peerakit Siributwong ... went 19-3 in spring singles, including 7-0 in Ivy matches, all at first singles ... won 12 in a row in dual matches at the No. 1 spot before losing to Cal Poly's Andre Dome, then ranked No. 22 in the nation ... did not lose a set in conference play, counting victories over Yale's Marc Powers (6-0, 6-1), Dartmouth's Michael Laser (6-0, 6-1) and Harvard's Jonathan Pearlman (6-3, 6-0) … competed in the NCAA singles championship, falling in the first round to Florida’s Nassim Sillam … went 0-2 in fall doubles, both with Augie Bloom, and 8-3 in spring doubles, including 7-3 with Augie Bloom and 1-0 with Matt Spindler … went 1-0 in Ivy matches, playing at first doubles with Spindler … 2010-11: Ivy League Player of the Year ... first-team All-Ivy League in singles ... was the fourth Princeton player to win the Ivy Player of the Year honor ... went 8-3 in fall singles and 15-4 in spring singles, including 7-0 in Ivy matches, all at first singles ... reached the final of the ITA Northeast Regional, falling to Binghamton's Sven Vloedgraven 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 in the final ... among his spring wins were a defeat of Harvard's top player Jonathan Pearlman 6-4, 6-1 and Northwestern's top player Josh Graves 7-5, 6-2 … in doubles, went 5-2 in the fall and 10-7 in the spring, all with Matt Siow … in Ivy matches, went 2-5, all at first doubles… 2009-10: Second-team All-Ivy League in singles ... went 7-3 in singles in fall tournaments and 5-6 in spring duals including 4-3 in Ivy matches ... saw limited action in the spring due to a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined until the spring break trip in mid-March … won the Columbia Invitational “A” flight singles title, defeating Milo Hauk of St. John's 6-4, 6-1 in the final … clinched a dual match against Florida Atlantic with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles against Lawrence Harradine ... won his final Ivy match of the season 6-2, 6-3 over Columbia's top player Jonathan Wong ... in doubles, went 2-3 in the fall, pairing four times with Matt Spindler (2-2) and once with Ilya Trubov (0-1) … in the spring, went 6-3 in doubles, pairing eight times with Alex Faust (6-2) and once with Trubov (0-1) … went 6-1 in doubles in Ivy matches.
Before Princeton: High school student of the year in business and mathematics ... ranked No. 2 among senior tennis players in Malta from 2005-08 ... represented Malta at the 2007 Games of the Small States of Europe in Monaco ... attended high school at San Andrea, Mgarr and completed the IB Diploma at Verdala International.
Personal: Born July 3, 1989 in Serbia … parents are Goran and Lidija and has an older sister Gorana, all University of Belgrade alumni ... hobbies include spearfishing, running, classical music and European team handball ... athletic idols include Rafael Nadal ... politics major.
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