On the tennis front Roberta Bautista Agut’s amazing run of form continues and he’s through to the quarter finals at Rotterdam after beating Vesely from a set down on Thursday. With Gasquet withdrawing pre-tournament Bautista now has another great chance to make his third final of the season. Eighth seed Victor Troicki is also in a rich vein of form and, at the time of writing, had also reached the quarter final. He’s drawn to meet Bautista Agut in the semi-finals, which will hopefully be the outcome, as this would be a great match to watch between two players who are at the top of their games at present.
Second seed Marin Cilic is through to the quarter finals and faces a tricky one against Kohlschreiber today, which I see going to three sets or maybe two tight ones possibly tie breaks. Cilic is on course to face either Monfils, Simon (our selection this week) or Zverev in the semi-finals and, with the second seed having such a poor record at Rotterdam (only made one final last in the decade), hopefully Simon can be the one to benefit and make the final.
Over in Memphis top-seed and hot favourite Nishikori is still on track to win a record fourth straight title and top-seed and defending champion Nadal is still on track to defend his Buenos Aires title. He defeated local hero and 2015 finalist Juan Monaco in straight sets yesterday.