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This week’s ATP Tennis action at Marseille, Delray Beach and Rio De Janeiro is now down to the quarter-finals stage. At Marseille both the top-seed Bautista Agut and second-seed Wawrinka are both out losing to Benneteau (advised 80/1) and qualifier Ishvaska respectively. Third seed Pouille and fourth seed Berdych are both through to the quarter-finals and were unfortunate with Herbert (advised 100/1) as he lost to Pouille in a really tight three set match. Pouille faces eighth seed Krajinovc who knocked out sixth seed Muller yesterday and the Serbian leads the head-to-head 1-0. Berdych faces seventh-seed Dzumhur today for a place in Saturday’s semi-finals and the Czech leads the head-to-head 2-1. Benneteau faces ninth seed Khachanov today for a place in the semi-finals and another French veteran Mahut faces qualifier Ishvaska today.

At Delray Beach the majority of seeded players are out with only second-seed Del Potro and eighth seed Chung still in the draw at the time of writing. Top-seed Sock, sixth-seed Isner and ninth seed Raonic all lost against unseeded players yesterday. Sock lost to compatriot and Wild Card Opelka, Isner lost to Gojowczyk and Raonic lost to American Johnson. Opelka faces Gojowczyk and the German leads the head-to-head 2-0, Johnson faces Donskoy and the American leads the head-to-head 2-0 and American Fritz (advised 50/1) faces Shapovalov for the first time.

At the time of writing the majority of second round matches were still being contested after rain delays on Wednesday. Top-seed Cilic second round match against Monfils was still to be completed and the score was finally balanced with Monfils leading 6-3 6-6 (7-7), second-seed Thiem (advised 11/4) was due to face Andujar, third seed Carreno-Busta was in the middle of his match against Buenos Aires finalist Bedene with the Slovenian leading 6-2 5-7 3-1. Fourth seed Ramos-Vinolas was beaten by the talented Jarry from Chile who is a player to follow on clay, fifth-seed Fognini was still in action at the time of writing against American Sandgren, who you may remember impressed at the Australian Open, and the score was 6-4 4-6 4-4. Sixth-seed Schwartzman and Seventh-seed Cuevas both made it to the quarter=finals beating Delbonis and qualifier Elias respectively. Finally, eighth-seed Verdasco was due to face Kicker at the time of writing.


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