Albatross Overload Challenger
Second Round - Campsfield (FR CWLand) - Clay (outdoors)
Men's singles (Seeds - Finals - Top Half - Bottom Half)
Men's doubles (Seeds - Draw)
- In front of a home crowd, Rick Langley was tremendous as he stunned top seeded wildcard José Navarro in three sets on the Peruvian's favoured court. For the second week running, Navarro failed to advance to the quarter finals as the top seed as he crumbled to the tenacious West CWLander in the third set. Level at a set each, Navarro would have liked his chances but blew opportunities with some poor serving and a misfiring backhand. That gave Langley all the chances he needed to secure the win as he moved to a quarter final showdown with Italy's Pablo Scalforo 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
- He's joined in the quarters by fellow Westerner Marcuss Deane who also picked up a stunning upset as he bundled out former French Open finalist Johan Ortiz in three sets. Ortiz continued his frustrating failure to charge further inside the top hundred as the big serving Deane proved capable under pressure. Ortiz found something in the second set to snatch a break off a double fault, but was just outdone by the high quality teenager who picked up perhaps the biggest win of his PTA career with a tough win on clay against a seasoned clay court player. He plays Chile's Leonel Romero next after Romero eased past Serbian qualifier Viktor Bosich 6-4, 6-3.
- Vladimir Stakhanov could not continue his good run on the red clay as he gave up a set lead to fall in three to fourth seed Fernando Aguero. Making the most of his special exempt into the draw, Stakhanov matched it with the Spaniard in the first set which he claimed 7-5 before Aguero ramped up the pressure and the quality of his play. Stakhanov struggled to keep up with this and showed why he's still not quite used to the red clay courts as Aguero moved to a quarterfinal showdown with Emelio Cobos.
- There's guaranteed to be at least one East CWLander in the semi finals here in Campsfield after both Roy Daniels and Phoenix Wleft picked up good wins. Daniels recovered from a horror second set against Monaco's Jochem van der Linden to produce a serving clinic in the first and third sets to win 7-6(3), 1-6, 7-6(9). Out of the disastrous set, Daniels dropped just eight points on serve to make a rare clay court quarter final and is beginning to look more confident on the surface. Wleft, meanwhile, was all class as he breezed past qualifier Moises Vasquez of Chile to continue his awesome clay run 6-2, 6-2.
- Seeded players out: José Navarro; Johan Ortiz.
- There was no luck for Daniels and Russian partner Valery Belousov as they were ousted in straight sets by top seeds and raging favourites Carlos Machado & Dênis Rodrígues of Brazil 7-6(6), 7-6(4).
- In the all-CWLand clash, Jason Lawley & Pierre Rose made up for first round singles exits with a quality showing against Marcuss Deane & Rick Langley. With Deane and Langley recovering from singles clashes, the Lawley-Rose combined well and produced a great comeback in the match tiebreaker to win 6-4, 2-6, [11-9]. They trailed at one joint 4-7 before claiming seven of the last nine points to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.
- There was no such luck for Vladimir Stakhanov & Phoenix Wleft as they were solidly dealt with by Ecuador's Angel & Elvis Vallejo.
- Seeded players out: Mario Acosta & Gonzalo Castro; Manfried Manz & Walter Schiller; Julio Rodriguez & Diego Rodriquez.