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ÖTV: ATP Challenger: The first Austrian in the round of 16

ÖTV: ATP Challenger: The first Austrian in the round of 16

Filip Misolek is clearly feeling great at SKE's Upper Danube Austria Open (May 5-12).

Last year's finalist successfully completed the first round in Mauthausen in 2024, and was the first local tennis player to reach the round of 16 at an ATP 100 tournament. While Gerald Melzer mastered the qualifying rounds brilliantly and is also in the main competition, Sandro Kopp was already at the end of the line against the Argentine. Juan Manuel Cerundolo.

This was not for the faint of heart! Filip Misiewicz, last year's finalist, had to fight hard against Swiss Marc-Andrea Hausler in the first round of the Upper Danube Austria Open supported by SKE. After a quick set win, the second and third rounds developed into an open exchange of blows. The 22-year-old Styrian had his back against the wall in the deciding set and had to return serve twice. In the end, Mizolic had the momentum in his favor and got the happy ending with a sharp backhand winner. “It was up and down today – with a much happier ending for me. In the second set I failed to confirm the break. Then he (note: Hüßler) played better. It was brutal in the third set. The momentum was going back and forth and it was difficult for me to I kept my concentration high. I knew that if I wanted to win, I had to give my best and just fight. I managed to do it well. In the decisive moment I played more aggressively and took more risks, and it paid off,” Mizulić concludes Nearly two hours of gameplay.

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While the Styrian player managed to secure a place in the last 16 after a valiant battle, Sandro Kopp's tournament was already over after the first round. The 23-year-old had to admit defeat 6:2 and 6:3 after an intense match. But the match was not as clear as the result: “It was a really close match, and the result is deceiving. I had a lot of break points, but the nuance was always against me. He played his game better than me. Unfortunately, in the end we couldn't get out today. But I can take a lot of things with me. I wasn't particularly used to his high-spinning balls. All I have to do is improve my game a little and stand up to him more. “Then I'll be able to win games like this,” Cobb says.

Melzer is making his way into the main competition

Next success: Gerald Melzer also won the second qualifying match in Mauthausen on Monday and easily beat Germany's Louis Wessels in two sets with scores of 6:4 and 6:3. The 33-year-old has thus secured his place in the main competition of the ATP 100 Challenger tournament. “The feeling is good. Today I did what was necessary to leave the field a winner. It was noticeable that Lewis lacked self-confidence in some situations, and I was able to exploit that today. “I also want to do my best in the main competition, and then we will see what happens anyway,” says Melzer. “Current.”

While the 33-year-old was delighted with his win, Lukas Midler was also fighting for a place in the main competition on Center Court. After a great fight, the Lower Austrian was forced to admit defeat to the Egyptian Mohamed Safwat 6:3, 6:7, 4:6 after approximately two and a half hours. “I started really well in the first set, but even towards the end things were a mess. The second and third sets were also very close and difficult. I'm happy that I was able to play two singles again. The only thing that has changed is that I no longer serve “For the doubles, it's now starting from scratch again,” Midler said.

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Upper Danube Austria Open powered by SKE in live broadcast

During the entire tournament week, all matches will be broadcast live from the main court www.oetv.tv Referred.

Tickets for the Danube Upper Austria Open powered by SKE can be purchased at online ticket offices on the website www.oeticket.com Or they can be purchased on site during the tournament at Danubis Tennis Center (cash payment) – while stocks last.

All information about the Danube Upper Austria Open powered by SKE can be found at the following website: www.danube-ooe-open.at.