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Misolic fights his way to the round of 16 of Båstad

Misolic fights his way to the round of 16 of Båstad

Philip Misolek won a match on Tuesday for the first time in his career outside of Austria on the ATP Tour. The 21-year-old from Graz, who sensationally reached last year’s Kitzbühel final with four victories, eliminated top-ranked Serbian Dusan Lajovic (ATP-61.) in Bstad after 1:55 hours with 7:6(4), 7:6 (4). In the round of 16 he met for the first time Slovak Josef Kovalik, who surprisingly defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP-7) 6: 3.6: 4.

Misulich had won the only match with Lajović en route to the Kitz final in a three-set fight in the quarterfinals. Now he made it 2-0 in a head-to-head confrontation with Lajović.

After a solid fight, Styria secured the first set despite trailing 2:4. He managed to re-break to make it 4:4 and was unfazed by the conceded point at 6:5. In the tie-break, Misolic quickly led at 4:1, then 6:3, then He used his third chance to win the set.

World No. 139. Then he used the momentum and made the break at the start of the second round. But Lajovic made a save and immediately took the serve from Austria to zero. A period of setbacks lingered as all of the first four matches were breaks, with Misulich squandering a 2-1 chance to make it 3-1.

After that, the players found their serve again until it was 5: 4, when Misolic had to block a set piece and equalized 5: 5. The second set also went into a tie-break. This also hurt Styrian, who found three identical balls at 6:3 and used the second.

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Misolic is doing well for Kitzbühel, with last year’s finalist taking pole position for a wildcard. The Generali Open starts on July 29.