“There is a huge new wave of excitement for tennis coming in Austria thanks to him," Rodionov said. "It’s a great motivation to see him win.
“It’s a great accomplishment, we are all very happy for him, but it doesn’t really help me. I still have to play my own game, keep improving my way and keep fighting.”
Rodionov fell to his knees, head in hands in disbelief on Friday, following a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Davis Cup teammate Sebastian Ofner.
“It’s unreal, it’s hard to describe, I feel like I’ve now done something, I’ve achieved something by reaching my first Grand Slam main draw,” reflected the powerful left-hander.
“It’s always a very special situation, playing someone from your own country. You never want to lose against them because there is always a friendly rivalry, you practise at the same courts.
“For both of us it was such an important match and you could sense that out there. I was super relieved and super glad I made it through.”