It’s quarter-finals day at this week’s two ATP Tour tournaments in China at Chengdu and Zhuhai. At Chengdu six of the top eight seeds have already crashed out, including top two seeds Isner and Auger-Alisiamme, and the only two seeds left standing are fourth seed Dimitrov (advised @ 6/1) and eighth seed Shapovalov. Dimitrov faces 22-year-old Bublik from Kazakhstan for a place in Saturday’s semi-finals and Dimitrov will need to be at his best as Bublik has impressed so far knocking out higher-ranked hard court experts Fritz and Thompson.
Canadian Shapovalov faces Belarusian Gerasimov for the first time today and it should be a competitive and close match as both players are talented and playing well at present, as they showed at the Laver Cup and Metz last week. Portuguese veteran Sousa, who reached the semi-finals at St Petersburg last week, faces South African NextGen star Harris this morning. This is a tough one to call as Harris has impressed this week beating higher-ranked players Fucsovics and fifth seed Lajovic, however, I think Sousas’ greater experience and strong recent form, should give him the edge today. Finally, at Chengdu Spaniard Carreno-Busta faces Chilean Garin for the second time, in what has the potential to be the match of the day and looks likely to go the distance as both players are solid on serve and great defenders and counter attackers.
At Zhuhai, four of the top eight seeds have already crashed out, including top-seed Tsitsipas, who had to retire injured after losing the second set yesterday. The remaining four seeds still in action are; second seed Bautista Agut, who faces veteran Italian Seppi for the third time this morning, third seed Monfils (advised @ 5/1) faces Spanish veteran Ramos-Vinolas for the sixth time and Monfils should win as he leads the head-to-head 4-1 and is in great form having reached the US Open quarter-finals earlier this month.
Mannarino from France and qualifier Dzhumur from Bosnia looks to be another close call, the head-to-head stands at one-all and Dzhumur won their most recent encounter on the grass at Antalya, Turkey last year, but Mannarino won the other on hard courts at Winston Salm in 2014. Finally, St Petersburg finalist Coric seeded four will face Aussie De Minaur, who just scraped past Andy Murray in four sets yesterday.
There ARE tennis tips today.