Karachi,: : Pakistan Davis Cup team player Samir Iftikhar pulled an impressive upset against sixth seed Alekseenko Valdim from Ukraine in a nail-biting marathon match in 10000USD ITF Futures underway at Belconte Tennis Centre in Antalya, Turkey.
According to reports made available here, Samir registered an impressive 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory to reach second round of the tournament. Valdim was ranked 497 in ATP World ranking 2014 and currently he is world number 676.
Samir will now meet Mark Whitehouse from Great Britain in the round of 16.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Davis cup team members Aqil Khan and Abid Ali Akbar also registered impressive victories to reach second round .Aqil Khan ousted Alon Elia from Israel by 7-5, 6-4 victory while Abid Ali Akbar brushed aside Fatih Taha from Turkey easily by 6-0, 6-0 score.
Aqil will meet top seed Liam Broady from Great Britain and Abid Ali Akbar will take on Swiss Qualifier Luca Gracomelli in the second round.
The results in the tournament will help Samir, Abid and Aqil Khan to better their world ranking and climb up on professional tour in the future.