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The ATP Shanghai Masters is well underway and there have been a handful of big upsets so far. Juan Martin Del Potro lost a thrilling three set encounter against Tokyo finalist and 11th seed David Goffin. Goffin (1.22) faces another potentially tough encounter today against Beniot Paire, who leads the head-to-head 2-1, and it’s worth opposing the young Belgian ant short odds given his tough exploits last week and yesterday.

Chinese Wild Card Di Wu thrilled home supporters knocking out 16th seed Cuevas yesterday while Felciano Lopez upset set 10th seed and compatriot David Ferrer in an extremely tight three setter 7-6 4-6 7-6. Grigor Dimitrov continued his impressive recent form knocking out 14th seed Gasquet in straight sets as did Tokyo winner and 12th seed Kick Kyrgios, who defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets.

Ninth seed Tsonga (66/1), who is one of my three selections this week is through to the third round where he will face the hugely talented and next generation star 19 year old Alexander Zverev, who knocked out John Isner and eighth seed Marin Cilic. This will be the pairs first meeting and it’s a really tough one to call so I advise laying Tsonga or backing Zverev if you backed Tsonga for the tournament to cover outright stakes.

Top seed Novak Djokovic got his campaign off to a winning start beating Fognini in straight sets yesterday while Beijing winner Andy Murray gets his campaign underway this morning against Steve Johnson, and Murray should progress having won their two previous encounters.

Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who came through qualifying, just won his first round encounter against Frederico Delbonis and has been rewarded with a shot at US Open champion and my other remaining tournament selection Stan Wawrinka (10/1) today. This is the first meeting between the two and while it would be great to see Edmund cause a major upset from a patriotic perspective it’s unlikely if Wawrinka plays anywhere near his best.


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