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Tombim Abuja Open: Mugabe Upsets Fourth Seed, Vorster

Duncan Mugabe
Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ugandan Duncan Mugabe caused one of the major upsets of the second round of the Tombim Abuja Open by beating fourth-seeded Tucker Vorster of South Africa 6-4, 7-6 at the Tennis Centre, Package B, National Stadium, Abuja.

The tournament reaches its homestretch with quarterfinal places decided on Wednesday.

Mugabe, who upturned a set deficit to beat Nigerian youngster Sylvester Emmanuel 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round, stepped up his game and was rewarded with a big win.

However, top seed Aldin Setkic of Bosnia marches on with a straight 6-4, 6-3 win over David Pel of the Netherlands as the men are now being separated from boys in the ITF Pro Circuit tournament.

Setkic, the winner of the opening leg of the 2015 Lagos Governor’s Cup ITF Nigeria Futures 2, struggled against Spain’s Aaron Alcaraz in the first round needing a final set to scale through but the world no 208 was in full control over Pel on Centre Court needing just 46 minutes to go through the ITF Pro Circuit tournament.

It was a similar scenario for second seed, David Perez Sanz of Spain as he strolled to a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 win over Egyptian Issam Taweel in a match that lasted an hour.

First Leg winner, Dutchman Antal van Der Duim, continued his majestic form with an easy 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Germany’s Pirmin Haenle.

The fifth seed is holding on to his unblemished record as he is yet to drop a set since the first leg which he capped with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Egyptian Mohamed Safwat  last Saturday.

The third-seeded Safwat, on Wednesday, survived a scare as he came from a set down to beat Serbian qualifier Ilija Vucic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6.