for your radar: marsel ilhan


Turkish No. 1 Marsel Ilhan lost to Jurgen Melzer in the second round of the PTT Bangkok Open 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

As you may remember, Ilhan made his way through the 2009 U.S. Open qualifying and set a record (for first Turk to win a Grand Slam match) by beating Christophe Rochus in the first round; Ilhan then fell to John Isner in straight sets.

We chatted briefly with the 22-year-old Ilhan after that Rochus match, and learned that he was born in Uzbekistan but moved to Turkey at a young age. Ilhan’s already fluent in Russian and his working on his English (our interview was translated through his coach).

More: Two more pics of his match against Melzer after the cut…

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