Dennis Novak reached the round of 16 at the ATP 250 tournament in Montpellier on Tuesday. The 27-year-old from Lower Austria prevailed in his opening game against the 36-year-old Frenchman Gilles Simon after a playing time of 2:33 hours with 7: 6 (7/5) 1: 6 6: 3. In the next round, Novak will now face number three seeded Serb Dusan Lajovic.
The only duel between the two so far had Lajovic, who had a bye in round one, won 6: 2 6: 4 in the 2018 Kitzbühel round of 16. The world number 27. last lost at the Australian Open in the round of 16 against the German Alexander Zverev.
Novak is currently 102nd in the ATP ranking, only four points missing from the top 100. Incidentally, the neuburg native and his girlfriend Ingela are expecting a child. Novak announced this on Instagram a few days after his return from Australia.
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