Top-seed Liang Chi Huang of Taiwan and fourth-seed Richard Gabb of Great Britain were beaten in the quarter-finals of the the $10,000 ITF Men’s Futures for the GLF Open yesterday.
Ranked close to 200 places below Huang, 27-year-old Niesten Milaan of the Netherlands, seeded fifth, pulled off an impressive 6-4, 6-0 win over the top seed, who was punished in a 25-minute second-set blast.
Winner of two singles titles this year in Turkey, Milaan stayed solid behind the baseline and served consistently well throughout to often put Huang, winner of four titles this year, in trouble.
South Korea’s Ji Hoon-son, who made it to the main draw from the qualifying rounds, upset Richard Gabb 7-5, 6-4 in a match that took 104 minutes.
The 21-year-old Korean, whose only title so far this season was in the doubles, won 82 per cent of his service games to Gabb’s 64.
In the other two quarter-finals, Malaysia’s Abdul Razak, who had two impressive three-set wins behind him as a lucky loser, retired from the contest after his rival Soon Woo-kwon had taken the first set 6-1 in just 25 minutes.
In the longest match of the day at two hours and 27 minutes, third-seed Cheong Wui Kim played an exquisite third set tie-break to get past Cheng Yu Yu of Taiwan 6-2, 2-6, 7-6.