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  • Chris Sobey


This week’s European indoor ATP Tour tennis action in Moscow, Russia, Antwerp, Belgium and Stockholm, Sweden continues today with second round action and the introduction of the top four seeds today and tomorrow. At Moscow top-seed and Russian number one Medvedev disappointed home fans by withdrawing from the tournament on Monday. However, second seed and defending champion Khachanov, along with sixth seed Rublev and five other Russians, should make up for Medvedevs absence this week. Rublev kicked off his Moscow campaign with a win beating compatriot Bublik in three sets, but fifth seed Garin lost his first-round match against Italian veteran Seppi.

Seventh seed Mannarino and eighth seed Kecmanovic were the other two seeds in action and they both progressed to the second round after beating qualifiers Dzumhur and Dubrivnyy. Second seed Khachanov kicks off the defence of his title today and he faces a potentially tricky encounter against the vastly experienced German Kohlschreiber, who leads the head-to-head 3-1. Fourth seed Lajovic and seventh seed Mannarino are also in action today against veteran qualifier Rosol and veteran Kukushkin respectively. Mannarino will be in confident mood ahead of his match against Kukushkin as he leads the head-to-head 6-0, while Rosol leads the head-to-head 2-0 against Lajovic.

Over in Antwerp there’s been no major upsets or talking points so far this week and the three seeds in action Pella, Tsonga and Struff and won their respective matches against Gojowczyk, Sonego and Barrere yesterday and Monday. Looking ahead to today’s action at Antwerp and none of the top four seeds are in action, but fifth seed Pella takes on Korean Soonwoon Kwon and sixth seed veteran Tsonga takes on compatriot veteran Simon and Tsonga leads the head-to-head 10-3.

Finally, over in Stockholm there’s been no major upsets so far, but sixth seed American Opelka was the only seeded player to lose so far this week going down in three close sets against veteran Italian Travaglia. Fifth seed Carreno-Busta progressed to the second round beating Aussie Millman in straight sets and new British number one Dan Evans, also reached the second round knocking out Aussie Tomic in three sets.

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