MAIDEN SUCCESS FOR TURKISH TENNIS

Tuna Altuna becomes the first Turkish man reaching a tour-level semifinal as he advances into the last four in doubles alongside Italian partner Alessandro Motti.

28-year-old homecrowd favorite Tuna Altuna rewrites history books for Turkish tennis at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open. Partnering Alessandro Motti, Altuna advanced into the semifinals as they knocked out no. 3 seeds Jonathan Erlich/Scott Lipsky.

Following their first round over Viktor Troicki/Dusan Lajovic, the Turkish/Italian combination was victorious again with the match tie-break. Altuna and Motti came up strong in the end, defeating 2008 Australian Open champion Erlich & 2014 US Open semifinalist Scott Lipsky 7-5, 3-6, 10/7 after one and a half hour.

This is the first time a Turk is into the last four (singles and doubles) of an ATP Tour event as Motti is also reached his semifinal. Altuna/Motti will next take on Antonio Sancic/Adil Shamasdin who stunned top seeds Nicholas Monroe/Artem Sitak 6-3, 1-6, 10/8.

CZECHS WAITING IN THE FINAL
There was also the semifinal action at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open doubles competition as Jiri Vesely/Roman Jebavy became the first team to book their place in the championship match. Czech pair defeated Aussies John-Patrick Smith/Jordan Thompon after two tight sets 7-6, 7-5.

DOUBLES MAIN DRAW
ORDER OF PLAY