On Wednesday March 3 the second round matches of the international professional tennis tournament Grand Palace Championship Challenger 50 Series with the prize pool of $ 36 680 were played at the courts of Tennis Formula in Lahta.
Turkish representative Altug Celikbilek defeated the sixth seed Alexey Vatutin of Russia 6/3, 7/6 (3). Russian Artem Dubrilevnyi defeated a Norwegian player Victor Durasovic 7/5, 3/6, 6/3. He will now face compatriot Andrei Kuznetsov who defeated former 74th-ranked Bosnia and Herzegovina player Mirza Basic 6/1, 6/1.
Sem Ilkel of Turkey was another quarterfinalist as he defeated Dominique Stephan Stricker of Switzerland 6/7 (5), 6/3, 6/3.
In doubles the quarterfinals were determined in full. Top seeded Dutch pair Jesper de Jong and Sem Verbeek beat Ergi Kirkin (Turkey)-Rudolf Molleker (Germany) 6/2, 3/6, 10-6. Opponents of the Dutch in the quarterfinals will be the Russians Pavel Kotov and Roman Safiullin, who with a score of 6/1, 6/2 defeated the duo of Vladimir Ignatic (Belarus) – Vit Kopriva (Czech Republic). The third pair of the Russian tournament Gabashvili – Konstantin Kravchuk outplayed the tandem of Evgeny Karlovsky (Russia) – Nino Serdarusic (Croatia) with a score of 6/3, 6/4. Alessandro Bega (Italy) and Scaner Mansouri (Tunisia) will play against the Russian duo of Ivan Gakhov and Alexander Igoshin 3/6, 7/6 (3), 10-6. International duo of Alexei Vatutin (Russia)-Benjamin Hassan (Germany) defeated the Russian tandem of Daniil Golubev-Evgeny Tyurnev (7/6, (6), 6/3). Now Benjamin and Alexei will fight for a place in the semifinals with the fourth seeded duo of Arjun Kadhe (India).
Benjamin Lock (Zimbabwe), who was stronger than the Turkish pair of Altug Celikbilek-Sem Ilkel (6/4, 6/1). Dutchman Mark Vervoort and Australian Garry Bourschier won 7/6 (4), 6/7 (1), 10-2 over Moldovan pair Alexander Kozbinov-Shuichi Sekiguchi. Vervoort and Bourscheur will face second seeded American Christopher Eubanks and his partner from Ecuador Roberto Quiroz who topped wild card winners Alexei Abazov and Alexander Vasilenko of Russia 4/6, 6/1, 10-5.