Alcantara gains second round

Philippine Davis Cup member Francis Casey Alcantara and his Ecuadorian partner Gonzalo Escobar stunned top seed Matt Reid of Australia and Connor Smith of the United States, 6-3, 6-4, in the second round of the $25,000 USA Futures yesterday in Bakersfield, California.

The victory came after Alcantara and Escobar edged Germany’s Jan Choinski and Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, 6-4, 3-6, 10-5, in the opening round of the 16-pair field.

Alcantara and Escobar will face Nicolas Meister of the United States and Adrien Puget of France, 6-0, 6-4 winners over American wildcard duo Isaiah Strode and Evan Zhu.

The win also made up for Alcantara’s failed attempt at making into the main draw round after losing the third qualifying match two days ago.