OpenSSL v1.1.1 ssl_choose_client_version unsupported protocol

You don't have to downgrade OpenSSL.

With the introduction of openssl version 1.1.1 in Debian the defaults are set to more secure values by default. This is done in the /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf config file. At the end of the file there is:

MinProtocol = TLSv1.2

Debian now require as minimum the TLS 1.2 version instead TLS 1.0. If the other side does not support TLS 1.2 or higher you will get some connection errors.

I recommend upgrade openvpn on server to newer version which support TLS 1.2..

Second options (not much secure) is modify MinProcotol to TLSv1 or TLSv1.1.

You don't have to downgrade OpenSSL or change the system default.

Instead of modifying /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf you can just configure the openvpn client to configure libssl with a different minimum protocol version. The option is --tls-version-min or tls-version-min in a config file.

It's still preferable to upgrade the server but this is a better way to deal with a temporary version skew.

You can even directly override the system default e.g. by using:

tls-cipher "DEFAULT:@SECLEVEL=1"

to have a basic configuration that matches normal OpenSSL defaults. Note that OpenVPN normally sets a more restricted cipher list (see man page).