This week’s ATP action at Stockholm, Moscow and Antwerp is now down to the quarter-final stage and there were a host of upsets on Wednesday and yesterday. At Stockholm top-seed Monfils (advised 5/1) crashed out against world number 61 Elias from Portugal in straight sets, leaving Del Potro as my only outright selection running this week.
Unfortunately my three selections at Moscow (Troicki, Kuznetsov and Kachanov) all disappointed. Troicki lost from a set up against 20 year old qualifier Medvedev who is a future top 100 player if he continues to progress in the same fashion, Kuznetsov failed to back up his recent US Open win against Bellucci losing in three sets and Kachanov threw away a great chance losing from 4-1 up in the third set against Dzhumur.
The biggest upset of the week so far at Moscow came yesterday when top seed Bautista-Agut crashed out in straight sets against the little known 19 year old Russian qualifier Alexander Bublik. At Antwerp Britain’s Kyle Edmunds is still in with a shot of reaching his first ATP final having knocked out second seed Ferrer yesterday. He faces another veteran today in Andreas Seppi for the first time. This is sure to be a closely fought competitive match and backing Over 22.5 games should prove profitable.
My outright selection for Antwerp, Mahut (20/1) advised on Wednesday, was void as he lost his first round match prior to my article being posted. Staying at Antwerp and fourth seed Cuevas (1.57) is worth opposing against Schwartzman today as the Argentinian’s form reads better so far this week having beaten talented opponents Mahut and Fritz in straight sets. Also, third seed Gasquet (1.28) is worth opposing on the handicap or from a trading perspective against Struff, who is a proven player indoors and impressed when knocking out veterans Youzhny and Simon (seeded 6).