WC Fayziev and Denis Istomin in Last Eight at Tashkent ATP Challenger

Tashkent ATP Challenger – Wild card Sanjar Fayziev came back from being a match point down to score a 0-6,7-6(5),6-3 win over Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan and enter the singles quarterfinals at the Ninth edition of the $125000 Tashkent ATP Challenger  at the Olympic Tennis School in Tashkent.

Sanjar Fayziev
Sanjar Fayziev

In the quarterfinals, The 22 year old Uzbek youngster will be joined by his country mate seventh seeded Denis Istomin along with second seeded Jeremy Chardy of France, fifth seeded Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia, sixth seeded Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, eighth seeded Mirza Basic of Bosnia -Herzegovina  and qualifier Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

In the best match of the day local wildcard Fayziev came back from an early morning first set Bagel and a match point to overcome Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 in a match lasting 1 hour and 57 minutes.

22 year old Sanjar Fayziev made most of the Wildcard awarded to him by the Uzbekistan tennis Federation the hosts of the $125000 Tashkent ATP Challenger  recording two big wins In two days Sanjar recorded wins over fourth seeded Evegeny Donskoy of Russia and former top 100 player Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan.

Fayzeiv looked stunned in the first set getting just seven points against Nedovyesov ranked about 265 places above him. But he came back in the second set from being 3-5 down and also saving a match point in the 10th game on Nedovyesov’s serve to level scores and force a tiebreak which he won convincingly.

In the third set Fayzeiv broke the hard serving Nedovyesov in the 5th and the7th games to win the match 6-3 and book a place in the quarterfinals in a major challenger event for the first time.

With two back to back wins he may well move 100 places up in the rankings next ” I was a little Uncomfortable probably a little tired, didn’t get rhythm, didn’t understand his game in the first set. Then I took a break and relaxed and thought to start all over like a new match”, said Fayzeiv after the match. He will now take on fifth seeded Russian Konstantin Kravchuk who outplayed Yannick Mertens of Belgium 6-2, 6-4 in 1 hour and 17 minutes.


Local star and title holder Denis Istomin went through some anxious moments getting past Ukrainian Denys Molchanov  4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a 1 hour 25 minute match, Istomin will take on Qualifier Ivan Dodig also had a easy passage into the quarterfinals when third seed  Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania retired at 2-1.

Sixth seeded Slovakian and finalist here last year Lukas Lacko outplayed Belarusian Ilya Ivashka  6-1, 6-3 in 1 hour and 1 minute.Top seeded Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic won the first set 7-6(5) and was down 0-3 in the second as he pulled out due to his recurring arm injury giving young Russian Alexander Bublik passage into the last eight stage.

The third retirement saw eighth seeded Mirza Basic make it to the last eight with Slovakian Blaz Kavcic retiring after losing the first set 7-5  Second seeded Jeremy Chardy of France also had a easy passage to the last eight with Israeli  Amir Weintraub  not taking onto the court.

Following are the results
Singles ( Second Round)
Alexander Bublik (RUS) bt S.1 Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-7(5), 3- 0 ret
[8] Mirza Basic (BIH) vs Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 7-5 ret
[WC] Sanjar Fayziev (UZB) vs Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-3
[5] Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) vs Yannick Mertens (BEL) 6-2, 6-4
[7] Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Denys Molchanov (UKR) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
[Q] Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs [3] Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 2-1 ret
[6] Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 6-1, 6-3
[2] Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Amir Weintraub (ISR) W/O

Doubles Quarterfinals
[WC] Sanjar Fayziev (UZB) / Jurabeck Karimov (UZB) vs Mirza Basic (BIH) / Blaz Kavcic (SLO) W/O