Week after week, ÖTV ÖTV is currently shown at the ATP Challenger level. The current calendar week 16 is no exception. On one hand, Filip Misolic is making his first ATP 75 final on clay at Roseto degli Abruzzi since the thrilling final at the ATP 250 on his home soil Generali Open in Kitzbühel in early August 2022. On the other hand, fellow Styrian Sebastian Offner has pulled off the ATP challenger 125 on clay in Oeiras in his fourth semi-final of the season, after finals in Tenerife, Antalya and Zadar. But this time it ended for him in the semifinals.
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Misolic had reached his only final at the second highest level of professional tennis in Zagreb in May 2022 and won it at that time. After Kitzbühel, where he even appeared on an ATP home tour, he hadn’t made it past a single semi-final in Lisbon in the fall – until this week. In the port city in central Italy, the man from Graz advanced to the title match in four matches, dropping just one set. The 21-year-old’s highest-ranked (ATP 142) Argentinean Juan Bautista Torres (ATP 262) finished 6:1, 6:1, to knock out the former world number 62. Gianluca Mager (ATP 286) from Italy after trailing 0:3 with a double break and 2:4 and 3:5 and defending two set pieces with 7:5, 6:2 or his fifth-ranked compatriot, Andrea Pellegrino (ATP 173), after 1 : 4 in the third round with 6: 1, 4: 6, 6: 4. It was his only set loss on the course of the tournament: In the semi-finals, he managed to put the sixth-seeded Czech player Dalibor Svercina (ATP 206) in place with 6: 3 7:6(3). However, he made it exciting again in the second round after leading 4:1 with a double break and 5:3, but ultimately prevailed in the tiebreaker. Misulich rounds out his second ATP Challenger Cup on Sunday at 11:00am against Belgium’s Raphael Collignon (ATP 249), with whom he made the only comparison at ITF youth level at Castricum 2019 with a 6:3,6. : 2 won. In the world rankings, he was already sure of an improvement to his senior career, to 129th or 130th, one point behind Offner. A win would make him 125th or 126th.
Ofner has returned twice from a set deficit
In Portugal, Ovner, the third seed, started with 6:3, 6:4 against Czech Petr Noza (ATP 656) and at the same time returned in favor of Sandro Kopp (ATP 470), who beat Noza 2:6, 6:7 (2) May Lost. In the next two matches, St. Mariner Offner (ATP 119) was able to respond successfully after being a set down. First by 2:6, 6:1, 6:2 over his Australian doubles partner, James McCabe (ATP 282), with whom he stopped in the quarterfinals. Then with 5: 7, 6: 3, 6: 4 in the quarterfinals against the Italian sixth seed Andreas Vavassori (ATP 172). The game stalled at 5:7 and 40:40 in the first game of Division Two on Friday before Offner could assert himself in the sequel. In a second appearance on the same day, 7th seed Hungarian Zsombor Pyros (ATP 134), who won the ATP 75 Challenger in Split last week, proves to be very strong with 4:6, 2:6. In the world rankings, Ofner has to accept a setback Small this time, because a year ago he sensationally won the ATP Challenger tournament in Prague at the start of the third tournament after a long injury. He will have to give up his current career rank of 128th. Or 129th if Pyrrhus wins the final.
Here are the current results at the ATP 75 Challenger in Roseto degli Abruzzi.
Here are the current results at the ATP 125 Challenger in Oeiras.
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