Kitzbühel holds its beautiful historical past. That of Filip Misolic, a 20-year-old wild card who turned professional in 2019. Before this week, Misolic had by no means received a match on the principle circuit. The Austrian is now within the final, in a fairy story that lasts match after match, on Austrian soil.
On Saturday, Misolic beat German Yannick Hanfmann in three units and two days (6-2, 2-6, 7-6). The help of the general public isn’t there for nothing.
It is that this Austrian public which allowed him to withstand, on Friday, Hanfmann who touched victory. Then ready. Friday night, the match was postponed to the subsequent day earlier than the final tie-break. On Saturday, Misolic greatest managed the stress of this historic decisive sport for him (6-4). And if the beautiful story continued?
The final in opposition to Bautista Agut in stride
Misolic had already performed six units on Friday. His quarter-final in opposition to Lajovic on Thursday had been postponed as a result of rain. This might be why he collapsed, for a time, within the third set. The Austrian, 205th on the planet, trailed 4-1 within the final set. Hanfmann even served for the match.
But Misolic is a particular participant in Kitzbühel. The story needed to proceed. The Austrian made up for the delay as far as to push the German to the tie-break. With victory on the finish.
The dream continues however the day isn’t (in any respect) over. Misolic is taking part in his final… on Saturday, in opposition to Roberto Bautista-Agut! No time to suppose. Misolic didn’t lose an excessive amount of power on Saturday. The tie-break solely lasted 4 minutes. The Austrian nonetheless has the proper to dream.
The different semi-final in Kitzbühel (ATP 250, Kitzbühel Tennis Club, clay, 597,900 EUR):
- Roberto Bautista Agut – Albert Ramos-Vinolas (N.5): 6-3, 7-6