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This Weeks ATP tennis action at Chengdu and Shenzhen is now down to the quarter final stage and over the last two days at Chengdu five of the top-six seeds lost, including top-seed Thiem, second seed Ramos-Vinolas, third seed and defending champion Khachanov and fourth seed Rublev. The quarter-finals at Chengdu will be underway by the time you read this article and all three of my outright selections there are in action today and we are guaranteed one semi-finalist at least. Lajovic (40/1) faces fifth seed Sugita (22/1) for the second time having one their only encounter on hard courts back in 2013 and Fritz (25/1) faces Pella for the first time. The other matches making up the last eight are between veteran’s Lu and Baghdatis and American youngster Donaldson and veteran Istomin.

At Shenzhen top-seed Alexander Zverev just scraped through to the quarter finals coming from a set down to beat veteran Darcis 4-6 7-6 7-6. St Petersburg winner and sixth seed this week Dzumhur has surprisingly carried on his great form from last week, knocking out qualifier Lacko yesterday and if he can maintain his form I see him defeating top-seed Zverev today, which is their first ever meeting. As nexpected Sela knocked out third seed Mischa Zverev (Alex’s brother) yesterday and he faces fifth seed Dolgopolov for the third time (head-to-head 1-1) and for a place in the semis. The surprise packages of the tournament so far Laaksonen and qualifier Zhang face each other for the first time and second seed Goffin faces eighth seed Young for the second time and the Belgian leads the head-to-head 1-0 and is the clear favourite to progress.


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