✅ Two match points saved— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) November 6, 2018
✅ Clutch ???? shot at 6-all in the deciding tie-break
✅ Peak celebration
???????? teen Jurij Rodionov moves into the second round in Bratislava in style pic.twitter.com/zHQCJZZrs0
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.
OMG this is the best and more arrogant celebration ever by Rodionov pic.twitter.com/XKd0ASgrxu— Stefano Berlincioni (@Carretero77) November 6, 2018
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.
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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