India’s Divij Sharan teamed up with Great Britain’s Luke Bambridge to get past the pair of Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Gonzalo Escobar of Ecuador winning 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 in one-hour 30 minutes and entering the doubles quarterfinals of the ATP 250 Astana Open being played at the National Tennis Centre at Nur-Sultan.
The Indo-British pair will now play the second-seeded Australian pair of Max Purcell and Luke Saville in the quarterfinals
In the other second-round matches played today, the 22-year-old American Frances Tiafoe took one-hour 20 minutes to knock out the second seed Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic 7-5, 6-3 in a battle of upcoming stars. Seventh-seeded American Tommy Paul and Belarusian Egor Gerasimov also moved into the last eight of the inaugural ATP event in Kazakhstan.
Tiafoe’s American compatriot seventh-seeded Tommy Paul outplayed Radu Albot of Moldova 6-4, 6-0 in 1 hour and 12 minutes. Belarusian Egor Gerasimov battled past Czech player Jiri Vesely 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 50 minutes to make it to the quarterfinals.
Australian fourth-seeded John Millman played solidly to tame crafty left-handed and former world number seven Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-3, 6-4 win. (ANI)