Top seed Istomin Prevails in opening round at $150K Tashkent ATP.

Tashkent, October 10:   Top seeded Denis Istomin prevailed  a tough opening round against compatriot and team mate Farrukh Dustov at  the 10th edition of the  $150K Tashkent ATP Challenger being played on the Olympic tennis school courts in Tashkent.

In  a first round match Istomin fresh from a ATP title win in Chengdu struggled to get past Dustov 6-7(3), 6-1,7-5 in a 2 hour and 27 minute match.

In a match which saw 15 aces  between two Uzbek stars, Dustov won the first set 7-6(3) after both players held on , Istomin seemed  to get into rhythm bagging the second set 6-1 and looked like running away with the third set , but Dustov broke Istomin in the eighth game to lead 5-4 , Istomin broke back in the tenth game to level scores and also the twelfth game to take the set 7-5 and enter the second round.

Other seeds in action fourth seeded Guillermo  Garcia-Lopez  of Spain , sixth seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy , Seventh seeded Yuki Bhambri of India , eighth seeded Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia moved smoothly into the round of sixteen.

It was heart break for local players as Aldin  Setkic  of Bosnia Herzegovina tamed Uzbek Davis Cupper   Sanjar  Fayziev  7/6(3)  6/4  , while qualifier Denis. Molchanov of Ukraine prevailed over a fighting wildcard  Khumoyun. Sultanov  wining  4-6,7-5,6-4

In a All Qualifier clash Serbian Danilo Petrovic  edged past Luca  Margaroli of Switzerland  6/3  6/7(5)  6/3 , sixth seeded Matteo  Berrettini of Italy was given a fight by Spaniard   Enrique  Lopez-Perez  before winning  7/6(2)  2/6 6/2  .

The doubles event threw up some interesting results as the Indian pair of Yuki  Bhambri and  Divij  Sharan upset top seeds Argentinian pair of  Guillermo  Duran and  Adreas  Molteni (ARG) 6/4  6/2  , Italian Tomas  Fabbiano  and Swiss player  Luca  Margaroli combined well to shock fourth seeded Indian pair of  Jeevan  Nedunchezhiyan  and Vishnu  Vardhan (IND) 7/6(6)  7/6(6) to make the last eight stage.

Following are the results : Singles First Round

[1] Denis  Istomin (UZB) vs [WC] Farrukh  Dustov (UZB)  6/7(3) 6/1 7/5

Aldin  Setkic (BIH) bt Sanjar  Fayziev (UZB)  7/6(3)  6/4

[Q] Danilo Petrovic (SRB) vs [Q] Luca  Margaroli (SUI)  6/3  6/7(5)  6/3

[4] Guillermo  Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] Denis  Yevseyev (KAZ)  6/2  6/3

[Q] Denis. Molchanov (UKR)  bt [WC] Khumoyun. Sultanov (UZB)  4-6,7-5,6-4

Vaclav  Safranek (CZE) vs Lloyd Harris (RSA)  W/O

[6] Matteo  Berrettini (ITA) vs  Enrique  Lopez-Perez (ESP)  7/6(2)  2/6 6/2

[8] Konstatin  Kravchuk (RUS) vs [LL] Ivan  Nedelko (RUS)  7/6(5)  6/3

Marek  Jaloviec (CZE) vs [LL] Ivan  Gakhov (RUS) 7/6(5),6/2

[7] Yuki  Bhambri (IND) vs  Aleksandr  Nedovyesov (KAZ) 3/0 ret

Kamil  Majchrzak (POL) vs  Marc  Polmans (AUS) 6/4  7/6(8)

Doubles First Round

Yuki  Bhambri (IND) / Divij  Sharan (IND) vs  [1] Guillermo  Duran (ARG) / Adreas  Molteni (ARG) 6/4  6/2

Mirza Basic (BIH) / Toshihide  Matsui (JPN) vs [WC] Temur  Ismailov (UZB) / Shonigmatjon  Shofayziyev (UZB)  6/2 6/4

Tomas  Fabbiano (ITA) / Luca  Margaroli (SUI) vs [4] Jeevan  Nedunchezhiyan (IND) / Vishnu  Vardhan (IND) 7/6(6)  7/6(6)

Uladzimir. Ignatik (BLR) / Aldin. Setkic (BIH)  bt Alexander. Bublik (KAZ) /   Alexander. Pavlioutchenkov (RUS)  4-6,7-5,10-6

Mikhail  Elgin (RUS) / Denis. Istomin (UZB) vs [3] James. Cerretani (USA) / Marc. Polmans (AUS)



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