Filip Krajinovic withdraws late from Doha

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Filip Krajinovic withdraws late from Doha

Serbian tennis player Filip Krajinovic has withdrawn from Doha. Krajinovic, 29, was expected to make his fourth main draw appearance in Doha this year. Krajinovic was projected to meet Slovak Alex Molcan in the Doha first round.

Krajinovic, ranked at No. 36 in the world, tried to make his Doha debut in 2014 but back then failed to make it past the qualifying event.

Krajnovic also tried to earn a main draw place through the qualifying event a year later but again failed. Krajinovic finally made his Doha debut in 2018 but didn't enjoy an impressive debut as he was beaten in the first round by Peter Gojowczyk.

Krajinovic clinched his first Doha win in 2020, when he beat Kyle Edmund in the first round. After beating Edmund, Krajinovic lost to Fernando Verdasco in his following match. Krajinovic also played in Doha last year but again didn't have much success as he was beaten in the first round by David Goffin.

Krajinovic suffered an early exit in Rotterdam

Krajinovic played in Rotterdam but didn't have an impressive campaign as he suffered a first round loss. Hungary's Marton Fucsovics beat Krajinovic 3-6 6-3 6-2 to progress into the Rotterdam round-of-16.

Krajinovic claimed the first break of the match in the second game but got broken back in the third game. However, Krajnovic kept his focus as he broke Fucsovics again in the fourth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.

Krajinovic started the second set with a break but Fucsovics responded with back-to-back breaks as he won the second set to force a decider. After winning the second set, Fucsovics started the third set with a 2-0 lead. Fucsovics then claimed his second break of the set in the fifth game to take a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Fucsovics then routinely held on to his serve the rest of the way to complete a comeback win. Krajinovic was up by a set and a break against Fucsovics but failed to capitalize on his good lead.