Alcantara-Lock duo moves to quarter finals

Jaime A. Frias II

CAGAYAN de Oro’s Francis Casey Alcantara and his foreign partner advanced to the quarterfinal round after defeating their first round opponent in the Egypt F8 Men’s Futures doubles last Tuesday at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

The tandem of Alcantara and Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe, both seeded fourth in the tournament, became a force to reckon with as they outlasted Bern Kossler and Marc Sieber in tight two sets, 6-4, 7-5.

The 25-year-old Alcantara has a professional doubles ranking of 693, while the 24-year-old Lock has a higher ranking of 393.

Their opponent, Kossler of Austria is currently at 779 in the doubles ranking and Sieber of Germany is at 602, though he has a notable singles ranking at 239.

Alcantara and Lock will face the lower-ranked Dejan Katic of Serbia and Louri Syromolov Netrebina of Spain in the quarterfinals.

A win in the next round will possibly put them on collision against number one seed in the pair of Vladyslav Manafov of Ukraine and Alexander Pavlioutchenkov of Russia, who are still playing in their first round against Alexander Ovcharov of Russia and Alesandro Ricci of Czech Republic as of this writing.

Manafov has a current doubles ranking of 264, while his Russian partner settles at 438.