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At the time of writing this weeks ATP Tennis action at Washington, USA is down to the fourth round stage and by the time you read this article the quarter final berths will be known. Hopefully second seed Nishikori (9/1) and eighth seed Sock (20/1) will have progressed against 13th seed Del Potro and compatriot Donaldson respectively, but with Del Potro leading the head-to-head against Nishikori 5-1 I’m not too confident about his chances.

There have been plenty of shocks and upsets so far at Washington with sixth seed Monfils (1.16) crashing out against Indian qualifier Bhambri, 12th seed Mischa Zverev (1.50) lost against Pella and tenth seed Kyrgios (1.12) was booed off against Sandgren when 6-3 3-0 down. Johnson (1.50) seeded 14 lost against NextGen star Medvedev for the second time this season and seventh seed Pouille (1.24) was shocked by American Wild Card Paul.

Other top players still in with a chance of winning are top-seed Thiem who was due to face 15th seed Anderson who leads the head-to-head 5-0. Third seed and tournament favourite Raonic was due to face veteran Baghdatis, fourth seed Dimitrov was due to face Russian NextGen star Medvedev and fifth seed Zverev was due to face young American Sandgren.

At Kitzbuhel, Austria its semi-final action today and my one remaining tip Sousa (22/1) is now trading at around 3/1 and faces Wild Card and World Number 277 Austrian Ofner aged 21, who is definitely making a name for himself on the ATP Tour this season. Sousa is the warm favourite to progress, which he should if he performs to his optimum, but it would be prudent to at least cover your outright stake on him if you haven’t already done so.

The other semi-final is between Kohlschreiber and Fognini, who is aiming to win back to back tournaments after lifting the trophy at Gstaad last week. While it will be extremely frustrating if Kohlschreiber wins after backing him at Hamburg last week when he retired when winning his semi-final match, I cannot ignore the fact he leads the head-to-head 5-2 against Fognini and with the Italian being the favourite to win I would advise opposing him on this occasion

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At Los Cabos, Mexico the quarter finals were due to take place in the early hours of this morning so by the time you read this the semi-final opponents should be known. Top-seed Berdych was due to face seventh seed Mannarino and the Czech should progress as he lead the head-to-head 4-0. Youngsters Fritz and Wild Card Kokkanakis were due to meet for the first time and this one could go the way of Fritz who impressed knocking out third seed Ramos in the last round.

Second seed Querrey should have proved too good for Millot and the same should apply between fourth seed Lopez and the unseeded Dzumhur as Lopez won their only encounter and he’s been in great form so far this summer reaching the final in Stuttgart and winning Queens albeit on grass


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