For Jurij Rodionov, the final stop was Monday at the ATP Challenger Tennis Championships in Bad Waltersdorf. The 24-year-old from Lower Austria was forced to admit defeat to Italian Andrea Pellegrino 7: 6 (6), 3: 6, 2: 6 in the first round of the €145,000 clay court tournament. After Friday’s Davis Cup defeat in Schwechat, it was the next bitter defeat for Rodionov, with Pellegrino trailing 122 places off 108th in the world rankings.
There are currently three other ÖTV players on the main court in the Styria thermal resort. Joel Schwarzler (wildcard), Filip Misulich, and Dennis Novak, who defeated “lucky loser” Sandro Kopp 6:3, 6:3 on Tuesday. Lukas Neumayer lost to Turkey’s Erci Kerkin 5:7, 6:2, 1:6.
Sebastian Sorger from Styria lost to the Czech Zdenek Kolar 1:6, 5:7. “In the first set, the quality of the backhand and the return was not very high and of course a player of his class punishes that immediately. And the balls that are enough to stay in the crowd in the future round are the same as in “This moment. Winning level for the competitor.” The 17-year-old wasn’t too happy with his performance in the first round. But in the second set I focused on the things I have been training for the last few weeks and then the quality of my shots improved, so I can also get positive things from the match,” said Gilbert Schaller’s student, Gilbert Schaller. The future is at the same location in two weeks and then ends the clay court season in Georgia.
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