Alcantara, partner enter ATP Challenger finals

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Filipino Francis Casey Alcantara and Indonesian partner Christopher Rungkat advanced to the finals of $75,000 ATP Challenger Tour doubles event on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center in Manila.

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Alcantara and Rungkat automatically secured a finals appearance following the withdrawal of Thai netters Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana in the semifinals.

The Ratiwatans skipped the semifinals match and immediately flew back to Thailand to settle a family-related issue.

“They have a family-related problem and it’s urgent. They’ve told me more but I’m not going to disclose what they told me. They have a family issue to take care, an important one. Otherwise, they would not left or allowed to leave because they need my permission,” ATP Challenger supervisor Ronald Herfel told The Manila Times.

Alcantara and Rungkat will face the winner between the duo of Maximilian Neuchrist of Switzerland and Divij Sharan of India, and second seeds Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.

The Filipino-Indon pair made it to the semifinals by ousting Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland and Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-2.

In singles, fourth seed Go Soeda of Japan beat David Guez of France, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, while Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland trounced Zhe Li of China, 6-4, 7-6 (1).

Soeda and Chiudinelli will face each other in the semifinals.

 JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

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