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It’s quarter finals day on the ATP Tour at Antwerp, Stockholm and Moscow and the Actions really starting to warm up nicely and there’s a good mix of veterans and older more experienced players and NextGen star left to battle for the title. At Antwerp British number two Norrie just lost against second seed Fognini who just snatched victory 7-6 6-7 7-5. However, there was much better news for British number one Edwards who thrash Ramos-Vinolas night 6-0 6-2 and he has a strong chance of reaching the semi-finals as he faces qualifier Ivashka today. It’s been a good week for the French as well as three of their veteran stars fourth seed Gasquet, fifth seed Simon (advised 18/1) and sixth seed Monfils area all through to the quarter finals stage.

At Moscow second seed Medvedev who has been in red hot form of late cruised through to the quarter finals winning his opener 6-1 6-2 and he’ll face last years finalist and Lucky Loser Berankis for a place in the semi-finals today. Third seed and another Russian Hope Khachanov is also through to the quarter finals and he could face a tricky test against Basic who received a walkover to this stage as fifth seed Kyrgios withdrew after winning his first due to injury. You may remember Basic won his first ATP Tour title this season at Sofia indoors from qualifying earlier in the season so even though Khachanov leads the head-to-head 2-0, he can’t afford to be complacent or underestimate Basic as he’s more than capable of causing the upset today.

The other two quarter finals are between fourth seed Krajinovic (advised 12/1) who faces veteran Seppi for the first time today and this could be a tough one for Krajinovic as Seppi is looking in decent form so far this week winning both his matches against decent experienced players in straight sets. The other quarter final is between Mannerino and the surprise package of the tournament the young Bulgarian qualifier Gerasimov who has already knocked out sixth seed Dzhumur and the experienced Paire in impressive fashion and if he produces that level of performance today he’s more than capable but Mannirino did win their only previous encounter back on the Challenger Tour on hard courts in straight sets.

At Stockholm the trend of seeded players doing well there has continued this week and both the top-two seeds Isner and Fognini are through to the quarters after winning their opening matches of the tournament and Isner had to work the hardest beating compatriot Klahn 7-6 6-7 7-6. Veteran qualifier Gulbis caused the shock of the day knocking out seventh seed Shapovalov and it’s good to see Gulbis showing some winning form again after a long period in the doldrums.

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