Four seeds knocked out
Tashkent, October 11: Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat shocked second seeded Thomas Fabbiano of Italy , as four other seeds fell by the wayside in the second round singles matches at the 10th edition of the $150K Tashkent ATP Challenger being played on the Olympic tennis school courts in Tashkent.
In one the biggest upsets of the day 27 year old Mohamed Safwat of Egypt ranked 241 shocked second seeded and 76th ranked Italian Thomas Fabbiano 6-3 ,3-6 , 6-2 in a 1 hour 50 minute match..
In another major upset Tashkent born Frenchman Gleb Sakharov knocked out third seeded Next Gen player Kazakhstan’s Alexsander Bublik 7-6(8),0-6,6-2 in 1 hour and 48 minute battle . Bublik served 11 Aces and 11 Double faults in a match which witnessed swing in fortunes.
The other upsets of the day saw , Czech player Vaclav Safranek upset sixth seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 7-6(3) , Poland’s 21 year old and 317th ranked Kamil Majchrzak upset seventh seeded and 152 ranked Yuki Bhambri 6-4, 1-6 , 6-4 in a 1hour 50 minute encounter , another Czech player Marek Jaloviec upset eighth seeded and winner of the 2016 edition Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour to make the last eight stage of the tournament.
The Safwat- Fabbiano Match was marked by high class tennis by both the players , Safwat broke early in the first set and capatilised to win the first set 6-3 , in the set Fabbiano upped his game and served well and also hit some excellent winners to break Safwat in the fourth game and go on to win the set 6-3 and force the third set . In the third set Safwat who seemed to have lost his momentum in the second , came back into his own and settling down , he broke Fabbiano early in the third game and kept up the pressure and his serve to clinch the set 6-3 and a place in the quarter final.
Thomas has been in great form and also the second seed here , I’m thrilled with my win as it one of my biggest win . I played very well in the opening set and lost timing on forehand in the second set , but I built my momentum in the third set and won , it’s a good win for me, said Safwat after the match.
Top seeded and local star Denis Istomin disposed off Bosnia Herzegovina’s Aldin Setkic 6-4, 6-1 in just over hour , while winner of the 2012 edition here Belorussian Uladzimir Ignatik stopped the progress of qualifier Danilo Petrovic of Serbia 6-4 , 6-2. Fourth seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain also ended the journey of qualifier Denys Molchanov of Ukraine winning 7-5 ,6-1
Following are the Results
Singles Second Round
 Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Aldin Setkic (BIH) 6/4 6/1
Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) vs [Q] Danilo Petrovic (SRB) 6/4 6/2
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] Denys Molchanov (UKR) 7/5 6/1
Vaclav Safranek (CZE) vs  Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 6/4 7/6(3)
Marek Jaloviec (CZE) vs Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 6/2 6/4
Gleb Sakharov (FRA) bt  Alexsander Bublik (KAZ) 7/6(8),0/6,6/2