ALBERTO Lim overcame the odds and bundled out second seed and former champion Vicente Anasta, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, on Wednesday to barge into the quarterfinal round of the Olivarez Cup Open Tennis Championship at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque
The 14-year-old Lim bounced back strong after dropping the first set, turning back 2011 champion Anasta in a grueling three-hour and 18-minute encounter.
The NCAA singles champion from Letran hopes to sustain the momentum when he faces another veteran campaigner Rolando Ruel Jr. for a berth in the semifinal round.
The No. 6 Ruel, who earlier got past Fritz Verdad, 6-4, 6-3, breezed through to the quarters with a 6-2, 2-0 (ret.) win over Kim Saraza.
Top seed defending champion Johnny Arcilla cruised to the Last 8 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over brother Joseph Arcilla and set up a clash with No. 10 Alexander Lazaro, who upended No. 8 Leander Lazaro, 6-2, 6-4.
Fourth seed Marc Reyes likewise stamped his class to blast Arn Procianos, 6-2, 6-1, and arrange a quarterfinal matchup with No. 5 Jason Patrombon, who prevailed over Mark Alcoseba, 6-0, 3-0 (Ret.).
No. 3 Patrick Tierro dominated Argil Canizares, 6-0, 6-3, to arrange a quarterfinal duel with No. 11 Roel Capangpangan, who pulled off the day’s other reversal, a 7-5, 6-4 win over seventh ranked Ronard Joven in the tournament held in honor of Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, presented by Palawan Pawnshop and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association with Dunlop as official ball.
UST and National U forged a title showdown in the men’s intercollegiate division while the Laguna Tennis Club and Team Olivarez will dispute the Interclub championship.