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

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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