World no.138, 28-year-old Marsel Ilhan scored a remarkable win in at the ATP Challenger tournament being held in Chinese city Guangzhou to reach the quarterfinals.
After defeating German Peter Gojowczyk in the opener of the 50.000$ event, Ilhan faced Czech Adam Pavlasek who is four sports ahead of him in second round. Marsel lost the first set but performed a great comeback in the second.
Down 6/5 in the second set tie-break, Turkish no.1 held his to nerves and managed to survive saving a match point. After taking the tie-break 9/7, Ilhan dominated the clash and stunned Pavlasek 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 in 2 hours 5 minutes.
Marsel Ilhan will meet fifth seed Lucas Lacko from Slovakia in the quarters. Against ATP no.106 Lacko, he has a match record of 1-3.
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