TURIN, April 21, 2016
Gastao Elias will remain the only seed left in the bottom half of the draw at the €42,500 Torino Challenger after Thursday’s play.
The world number 117 emerged victorious from the all-Portuguese-affair with Pedro Sousa, winning 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Elias won 76% of his first service points and broke serve six times to reach the quarterfinals after two hours and one minute.
Elias will take on Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, who beat Vincent Millot 6-3, 6-2. The 28-year-old from Chile was dominant on his second serve, winning 52% of the points. Podlipnik-Castillo secured victory in one hour and 34 minutes.
Italian wild card Edoardo Eremin is still in good shape, advancing to the stage of the final eight through a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Uldadzimir Ignatik. The 22-year-old local sent down seven aces and capitalized on five of his 11 break point opportunities to prevail in two hours and 18 minutes.
“My attitude on court was good today, although I didn’t play well in the opening set,” Eremin told after reaching his first quarterfinal on Challenger level.
“But I started to serve better in the second. The focus was always on the match. I am very glad about the way of winning today. It requires more effort to gain good results on the Challenger Tour,” added the 22-year-old Italian, who lifted three ITF Future trophies in 2015.
Eremin will face Lasjo Djere, who notched a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Nikola Mektic. The 20-year-old from Serbia hit five aces, saved five of the six break points he faced, converting four of his own. The match lasted one hour and 33 minutes.