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Plenty of big shocks at Basel and Vienna already this week and I was right to avoid backing second seed Raonic at Basel who lost his first round match against qualifier Berankis 3-6 6-3 6-3. Sixth seed Dimitrov also lost at the first round stage and Andrey Kuznetsov (1.36) lost his first round match as predicted.

At the time of writing top-seed Wawrinka had to work hard to progress to the second round just beating veteran compatriot Chuidinelli 6-7 6-1 6-4 while third seed Nishikori and fourth seed Cilic had no such trouble progressing past the first round winning their respective matches easily in straight sets.

Fifth seed David Goffin (1.4), who I advised to oppose, was due to play his first round match at the time of writing against Baghdatis and seventh seed Gasquet (1.14), who I also advised to oppose, eighth seed Sock (advised 16/1) and Wild Card Del Potro (advised 6/1) will get their tournaments underway today.

At Vienna I was right to avoid backing second seed Berdych, who lost his first round match against qualifier Basilashvili, but I got backing Bautista-Agut outright wrong as he lost his first round match against veteran Wild Card Jurgen Melzer. Seventh seed Pouille lost his first round match against veteran Lopez, while there were comfortable wins for third seed Thiem, fifth seed Ferrer, sixth seed Tsonga and eighth seed Karlovic, who all won in straight sets, except Ferrer, who benefited from Britain’s Kyle Edmund retiring injured at 3-2 during the first set.

Top-seed Andy Murray gets his campaign underway today against Klizan. Fifth seed Ferrer (1.33) faces Sousa today or tomorrow and is worth opposing as he trails the head-to-head 1-0 and his form has been way below his best so far this season.


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