Rising from the Break: Filip Krajinovic Starts Comeback Journey in Qualifications

Filip Krajinovic is back in action after missing eight months

by Jovica Ilic
Rising from the Break: Filip Krajinovic Starts Comeback Journey in Qualifications
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After taking a break after last year's Roland Garros, former Masters 1000 finalist Filip Krajinovic is back in action. Ranked 400th, Filip kicked off his comeback journey in the Koblenz Challenger qualifications. The Serb toppled the Czech Michael Vrbensky 6-0, 6-1 in 55 minutes following a dominant display on serve and return.

Krajinovic lost ten straight ATP matches last year, losing interest and feeling unhappy on the court. The Serb needed a break badly, deciding to stop his career after falling to Frances Tiafoe in the opening round of Roland Garros.

Eight months later, Filip is ready to make a fresh start, with everything working well for him on his first obstacle. Krajinovic played well behind the first and second serve, defending two break points and mounting the pressure on his opponent.

Vrbensky stood miles behind those numbers, dropping 59% of the points in his games and suffering five breaks from 12 chances offered to Krajinovic.

Filip Krajinovic, Koblenz Challenger 2024© Stream screenshot

Filip played well in his first game in eight months, landing an ace and holding at 15.

Michael netted a routine volley in the second game and faced a break point. He denied it but sprayed a forehand error on the second, experiencing an early setback and falling 2-0 behind. The Czech landed a forehand winner in the third game before the Serb closed it with a forehand winner for a 3-0 advantage in no time.

Vrbensky lost serve again in the fourth game, netting a forehand and finding himself 4-0 behind. Krajinovic hit a double fault in the fifth game, facing the first break point. The Czech squandered it with a forehand error, and the Serb fired a service winner to open a 5-0 advantage.

Michael served to stay in the set in game six and faced two set points after a double fault.

Filip Krajinovic is playing competitive tennis again after taking a break.

He saved the first with a backhand down the line winner before Filip seized the second with a backhand down the line winner, clinching a bagel after 25 minutes.

Krajinovic extended his streak with a service winner in the first game of the second set and created two break points in game two after Vrbensky's volley mistake. The Czech denied them and held after deuces following the Serb's loose forehand, bringing the game home and adding his name to the scoreboard.

Filip left those chances behind and held at love in game three with a volley winner for a 2-1 advantage. Michael missed a volley in the fourth game, offering his rival three break points. The Czech saved the first two with down the line winners before netting a backhand on the third, falling 3-1 behind.

Filip Krajinovic, Koblenz Challenger 2024© Stream screenshot

Krajinovic landed a serve & volley combo in the fifth game, holding at 15 and moving two games away from the finish line. Filip painted a beautiful forehand down the line winner in the sixth game, creating two break points.

Former world no. 26 grabbed a break with a volley winner, forging a 6-0, 5-1 lead and serving for the victory in game seven. Krajinovic earned two match points with a service winner and squandered them, allowing Vrbensky to reach deuce and a break point.

The Serb erased it with a service winner and landed another for the third match point. Michael saved it with a forehand down the line winner before Filip created the fourth match point with a powerful serve. He converted it with a forced error, celebrating his first victory since May last year.

Filip Krajinovic