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  • Chris Sobey

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Its quarter finals day at this week’s three ATP 250 Tournaments at Antwerp, Moscow and Stockholm and so far, it’s been a good start and week for the top seeds. At Antwerp top-seed Goffin and second seed Tsonga are through to the quarter-finals. Goffin will face qualifier Tsitsipas for the first time and Tsonga (1.30) faces the unseeded Benneteau for the eleventh time, with the head-to-head standing at 5-5, and with that in mind its worth opposing Tsonga today. The other quarter-finals at Antwerp are between fourth seed Schwartzman and either the unseeded Darcis or fifth seed Ferrer who were still in action at the time of writing and the unseeded Sousa and Belgian Bemelmans, who are meeting for the third time with the head-to-head standing at 1-1.

At Moscow top-seed Carreno-Busta is out as he lost against home hope Medvedev yesterday and the young Russian hope will face qualifier Basic for a place in the semi-finals today and he should progress to this stage as he leads the head-to-head 2-0. Second seed Ramos-Vinolas poor form continued as he lost against lucky loser and world number 207 Bublik from Khazakstan, who will now face the unseeded Berankis for a place in Saturday’s semis. Third seed Mannarino is through to the quarter-finals and faces veteran Sela today for a place in the semis. It’s a tough result to call as the head-to-head stands at 2-2 but on current form Mannarino should progress. The other quarter-final is between the unseeded veteran Seppi and the unseeded Dzumhur and Seppi could cause the upset here as he leads the head-to-head 2-0 and both wins came in 2017 on clay and indoor hard courts.

At Stockholm top-seed Dimitrov is through to the quarter-finals and he faces fifth seed Mischa Zverev for a place in semis and the top-seed should progress as he leads the head-to-head 2-0. Second seed Anderson is also through to the quarter-finals; he faces fellow veteran Verdasco today for a place in the semis and it’s a tough result to call as the head-to-head stands at 3-3. Third seed and 2016 finalist Sock is through to the quarter-finals, he faces sixth seed Fognini today for a place in the semis and should progress as he leads the head-to-head 1-0 and because he has a winning record at this event. Fourth seed and defending champion Del Potro faces seventh seed Sugita for a place in tomorrow’s semis and the win should be a formality for the defending champion.


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