Kravchuk stops home Favorite Istomin to win $125000 Tashkent ATP Challenger title
Tashkent , October 15 :  Fifth seeded  Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia  became the new champion as he dethroned title holder and local star seventh seeded Denis Istomin to lift the singles  title at  the ninth edition of the  $125000 Tashkent ATP Challenger   Which concluded at the Olympic Tennis School in Tashkent today.

In a 1 hour and 29 minutes well contested final the 31 year old Fifth seeded Russian Konstantin  stopped the Local star Denis Istomin  bid for his third title here and a coveted double crown winning 7-5, 6-4.

It was the second win for Kravchuk  over Istomin in two months , the win here will propel Kravchuk into the top 75 in the world , while a final here ensures that Denis will move nearer to the top 100 bracket Kravchuk a regular at Tashkent started positively serving well and pinning Istomin with sharp and deep rallies from the baseline  Istomin looked shaky  committed errors. 

Kravchuk broke Istomin in the  11-th game of the first set and the 10-th game  In the second set to ensure a straight set win.

The three back to back  close matches yesterday seemed to have taken a toll on Istomin as  he looked uncomfortable with a tight back.
Kravchuk who won his first title here has had a good year being a Finalist at Astana , South Korea( Busan), Taiwan , quarterfinalist at Israel Open this year.

" Im thrilled , today and the effort and hard work I have put had paid off , I always wanted to win here . When I came to  Tashkent me and my coach decided to go match by match, "said Kravchuk a resident of Moscow.

Kravchuk got 125 ATP points and $16000 for his efforts while the runner-up Istomin received $10600 and 75 ATP points.

The prizes were given away at the hands of, The  deputy of khokim of Tashkent city Turdikulov Shuhrat Hudoykulovich  and the First Vice Minister of Sport and cultural affairs Murodjon Aliev.

Following are the results Singles  ( FInals )

[5] Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS)  bt  [7] Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-5,6-4


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