A week after Jurij Rodionov’s title in Mauthausen, Tennis Austria has another Challenger winner, but this time a lot more unexpected. Filip Misolic completed his qualifying run at a clay court event in Zagreb on Saturday with a 6:3 7:6(7/6) final victory over Croatian Mili Poljicak.
With the win, the 20-year-old will find himself around 225th in the world rankings on Monday. Only this week he had fixed a career high as 301st. This makes Misolic just a few points and places behind his compatriot Sebastian Ofner Austria’s new number five, less than 100 places behind Rodionov as the currently best-ranked red-white-red player.
Biggest career win for Misolic
While Misolic had to go over three sets in both qualifying rounds, the youngster only lost one set in his five main competition matches in Zagreb in the semifinals against Australian Jason Kubler. Even in qualifying, Misolic was only seeded as number four.
For his by far greatest success so far, Misolic has 80 ATP points and prize money of 6,190 euros. To top it all off, he should now also be able to qualify for Wimbledon. Incidentally, the 1.80 m tall newcomer, who was born on August 8, 2001, is exactly 20 years younger than the legend Roger Federer.