This week’s ATP Tour tennis action at the ATP 500 Washington DC and two ATP 250 events at Kitzbuhel, Austria and Los Cabos, Mexico is heating up and getting down to the business end of things, except for Washington where there yet to complete the fourth round due to constant rain delays. Andy Murray grabbed the headlines at Washington by winning his second match of the week, this time against compatriot and fourth seed Edmunds, and judging by both performances it might take him a while physically before he’s winning tournaments again, but he’s still got that ultra-competitive streak which was there in abundance against Mackenzie and Edmunds.
Reigning champion and top-seed Sascha Zverev impressed winning his opener veteran Jaziri for the loss of only two games and second seed and Atlanta winner Isner was due to play his delayed second round match last night. Seventh seed Nishikori (advised 14/1) was due to face ninth seed Shapovalov last night and hopefully Nishikori will have won by the time you read this article.
At Kitzbuhel it’s semi-finals day and it’s been a good week for the outright selections so far. Istomin (advised 33/1) faces the talented 22 year old Jarry from Chile for a place in tomorrow’s final, and veteran qualifier Istomin is aiming to win his first ATP Tour clay court title while Jarry is aiming to win his first ATP Tour title. The other outright selections qualifier Klizan (advised 25/1) was on the brink of making the semi-finals when leading 4-6 7-6 3-2 30-0 with a break before the match was suspended due to rain and at the time of writing it looks like this match will be completed today. If you have backed Istomin and Klizan I advise hedging both players to at least cover your outright stakes as they will both potentially face talented young clay court specialists in Jarry and Munar who are both more than capable of winning today.
At Los Cabos the quarter finals were due to take place during the early hours of this morning and by the time you read this article the semi-finals line-up should be complete. Top-seed Del Potro was still on track to win his third ATP Tour title of the season and if things went to form this morning both him and third seed Dzhumur will have won and will face each other for a place in Sunday’s final tomorrow. Britain’s Cam Norrie continued his good hard court form this week and at the time of writing he was through to the quarter finals and was due to face fourth seed Mannarino for the first time. Second Fognini was still in contention at Los Cabos and at the time of writing was due to face Nishioka from Japan for the first time.