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It’s quarter finals day at this week’s three indoor European ATP Tour tournaments and the action commences this morning from 11am. Starting over Moscow, Russia home hopes second seed and defending champion Khachanov and sixth seed Rublev are still on track to win their home title. Khachanov faces Italian veteran for the second time and Rublev faces Lucky Loser Milojevic from Serbia for the first time. Two-time Moscow champion and third seed Cilic is still on track to win a record third title and he faces fellow veteran Frenchman Chardy for the sixth time. The remaining quarter final is between fourth seed Lajovic and seventh seed Mannarino and Lajovic will aim to extend his winning record against the Frenchman to 3-0 today.

Over to Sweden in Stockholm; theres been plenty of upsets so far this week, the top three seeds crashed out and there’s only two seeds left standing at the quarter-final stage. Canadian NextGen star Shapovalov is the highest ranked player remaining and he faces German qualifier Stebe for the first time. Fifth seed Carreno-Busta will face unseeded veteran Querrey for the first time, the unseeded Serb Krajinovic faces Japan’s Nishioka for the second time and 2011 winner, veteran Tipsarevic faces Lucky Loser from Japan Sugita and Tipsarevic leads the head-to-head 2-0.

Finally, over in Belgium, Antwerp its not been a good week for the higher ranked seeded players as seven of the eight seeds including the top two has already crashed out this week. There’s only one seed left standing, fifth seed Pella from Argentina and he faces unseeded Frenchman Humbert for the first time today. Stan Wawrinka is still in the draw and he faces veteran Frenchman Simon for the ninth time today and Wawrinka leads the head-to-head 5-3. American NextGen star Tiafoe faces Italian Wild Card Sinner for the first time and finally, former British number one Sir Andy Murray will aim for his best result since his return from injury by beating qualifier Copil, who he leads the head-to-head against 2-0.


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