Kravchuk to clash with home Favourite Istomin in finals of $125000 Tashkent ATP Challenger

Fifth seeded  Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia  will take on   title holder and local star seventh seeded Denis Istomin in  the singles  finals  at  the ninth edition of the  $125000 Tashkent ATP Challenger   being played  at the Olympic Tennis School in Tashkent.

In the semifinals Fifth seeded Russian Konstantin played convincingly,  to oust eighth seeded Mirza Basic of  Bosnia Herzegovina  7-5,6-3 in 1 hour and 21 minutes. In the other semifinal lasting 1 hour and 11 minutes Local star Denis Istomin stopped  Sixth seeded Lukas Lacko of Slovakia to keep alive his bid for his third title here

 Finalist at Astana , South Korea( Busan), Taiwan , quarterfinalist at Israel Open this year Kravchuk showed great form in ousting Mirza Basic of  Bosnia Herzegovina  7-5,6-3 and will take on Istomin in what can be termed a revenge match( Kravchuk defeated Istomin in Astana in the semifinals of the Presidents Cup to enter top 100 3 months ago).

" I’m thrilled , today I concentrated on my game rather than my opponent. when I came into Tashkent we decided to go match by match , I played cool and composed , I’m thrilled to be in the  final in Tashkent " said the 31 year old Kravchuk a resident of Moscow who is currently ranked 102.

In the second semifinals Istomin showed great hurry in disposing off sixth seeded Lukas Lacko 6-4,6-4 . In the first set Istomin broke Lacko in the 5th game and in the  second set he broke Lacko in the 9th game firing three winners from the back court.

Earlier in the morning when the sun came out again after a day off yesterday , Istomin was stretched to the full by qualifier Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the unfinished quarter finals , Istomin secured a 6-4,7-6(15-13) win in a close match. while Lacko recorded a upset ousting second seeded   Jeremy Chardy France 4-6,7-6(3),6-4 .

The finalists will fight for winners prize of  125 ATP points and $16000 while the runner-up will get $10600 and 75 ATP points

Following are the results Singles  ( Semifinals)

[5] Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS)  bt [8] Mirza Basic (BIH)  7-5,6-3

 [7] Denis Istomin (UZB) bt   [6] Lukas Lacko (SVK)  

(Quarterfinals Unfinished)

 [7] Denis Istomin (UZB) bt [Q] Ivan Dodig (CRO) 64,7-6(15-13)

 [6] Lukas Lacko (SVK) bt [2] Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 4-6,7-6(3),6-4
[2016-10-14]

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