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Yurij Rodionov eliminates compatriot Denis Novak in the Paris qualifiers, and Philip Misulich is absent.

Yurij Rodionov remains hopeful of a place on the main field of the 2023 French Open. The lower Austrian defeated his closest compatriot Denis Novak 2:6.6:3.6:4 in the second qualifying round of the clay court classic in Paris on Wednesday. Philip Misulich misses his Grand Slam debut. Obviously, the 21-year-old from Styria lost to Italian Andrea Vavassori 4: 6, 1: 6.

Novak, who can currently be found at 163rd in the standings, got off to a good start in the ÖTV indoor duel and immediately took over the serve from Rodionov (134th). The 29-year-old added a break and took the first set after 38 minutes. The second round started with both teams losing serve before the 24-year-old Rodionov broke his compatriot to make it 5:3 and then served to equalise.

The left-hander took the momentum in the decider, catching the decisive break to make it 3-2 in the fifth game. Rodionov no longer let Novak put him under pressure and used his first match point after a good two hours. He still missed a win in his second appearance at the French Open.

Mišolić had difficulty getting into the match against Vavassori and was unable to serve the 28-year-old Italian. After 1:19 hours of play, Roland-Garros’s adventure is over to rank 142 in the world rankings for the year.

Sebastian Offner defeated Briton Jan Choynski 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 0 and now meets Diaz Acosta (Argentina) in the third round.

From an Austrian point of view, Dominic Thiem and Julia Graber were part of this year’s second major.

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