Favorite no. 6, eliminated in the eighth

Favorite no. 6, eliminated in the eighth

The first match played on Thursday, on "Central", led to the elimination of another series leader from the singles table.
The Italian Luciano Darderi (215th place ATP) managed to eliminate in the eighth round the favorite no. 6 of the tournament, the Czech Dalibor Svrcina (17th place ATP), score 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (6), after a marathon match that lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes.
It was the most spectacular match of the tournament, the only one so far in over 3 hours.
Darderi and Meligeni Alves, also qualified earlier, will find out their opponents in the quarterfinals today, after playing the last two matches in the eighth.


Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (169 ATP), favorite no. 8, qualified for the quarterfinals after defeating in two sets the Spaniard Nikolas Sanchez Izquierdo, world number 258, score 6-2, 6-4, in the first match on field 5.