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  • Chris Sobey


Britain's Kyle Edmunds (advised 33/1) has made it through to the semi-finals at Winston Salem from qualifying this week after coming from a set down to knock out home hope and fifth seed Johnson 5-7 6-3 6-3 last night. At the time of writing he was due to face the winner of the Dzumhur and Chung quarter final for a place in Saturday night's final and the other semi-final opponents from the top half of the draw were still due to be determined. Top seed Bautista Agut was due to face Wild Card and home hope Fritz and 14th seed Coric was due to face the unseeded German Struff at the time of writing.

Looking ahead to the final Grand Slam of the season the US Open next week it was a shame to see another top-10 player Raonic announce his withdrawal from the tournament due to injury. This is in addition to two-time winner Djokovic, defending champion Wawrinka and Nishikori, who are all definitely out due to injury. Also, with Federer, Murray and Cilic all doubtful it looks like this year's renewal is going to be the weakest men's tournament probably since 2003 when Roddick won and before Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray began to dominate the event.

From a betting perspective Cincinnati winner Dimitrov (20/1) has to be supported for the US Open as he has the second best hard court record this season behind Federer and he has now clearly rediscovered his best form since coming within a whisker of reaching the Australian Open final at the start of the year.

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