Kirkin Last Seeded Player Standing At Brasil Tennis Open

Ergi Kirkin (photo: João Pires/Instituto Sports)


Ergi Kirkin of Turkey is the last seeded players standing at the Brasil Tennis Open in Porto Alegre. The No. 8 seed of the ATP Challenger Tour clay-court 50 event in Brazil advanced to the semi-finals following a hard-fought win over Juan Torres from Argentina, 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5 on Friday.

Kirkin, who has clinched 13 titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour and is still bidding for his maiden Challenger crown,  broke his rival’s serve five times to secure victory in three hours and 13 minutes.

Up next for the 25-year-old Kirkin will be Gonzalo Bueno of Peru, who ended the run of Bolivian qualifier Juan Prado Angelo, winning 6-3, 6-1 in one hour and 26 minutes.

In other quarterfinal action, home favourite and lucky loser Daniel Dutra Silva fought past Argentine qualifier Guido Justo 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 17 minutes.

“I was out of the tournament, then I was lucky to get in, and I will try to take advantage by fighting until the end, and that’s making the difference,” said Dutra Silva, who will next face Facundo Mena of Argentina.

“Tomorrow, another battle, but I’m feeling good, happy, grateful to be in the semifinals. I’ll try to make the most of this moment, play freely, and tomorrow is Saturday, surely there will be more crowd support, and I’ll try to use that too.


Singles – Quarterfinals

Daniel Dutra da Silva d. Guido Justo(ARG) 2/6, 6/3, 6/2

Ergi Kirkin(TUR) d. Juan Torres(ARG) 6/3 6/7(3) 7/5

Facundo Mena(ARG) d. Karue Sell(BRA) 6/7(7) 6/4 6/1

Gonzalo Bueno(PER) d. Juan Prado Angelo(BOL) 6/3 6/1