Players grinding it out on the lower levels of the tour don't always get a lot of attention. But Austrian teenager Jurji Rodionov deserves the spotlight for one of the most dramatic celebrations ever. 

The 19-year-old won an epic 2-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6) first-round marathon over alternate Uladzimir Ignatik at the Slovak Open in Bratislava on Tuesday.

Playing on an intimate indoor court, the world No. 256 had some support as you can hear claps, but then it turns to laughter and finally, silence, as his performance went on. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The moment when the forhand is on point after 18 years of grinding????????????☝️???? #yonex

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Rodionov, a former world No. 7 junior, came through qualifying of the $100,000 ATP Challenger event where the top seed is Lukas Lacko. 


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