The 4th seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov (Player Profile) will be competing in his sixth ATP Tour quarter-final of the season after his convincing win over qualifier Kravchuck yesterday (6-3 6-0). The home favourite is in great form after a recent run to the US Open 3rd round and consistent victories over players ranked outside the top 50. This doesn’t bode well for the Portugese player Joao Sousa (Player Profile), playing in just his second career quarter-final at ATP Tour level. Sousa is currently ranked at 89 in the world, just short of his highest career ranking of 86.
Sousa will fancy his chances, a great run at this year’s US Open took him to the 3rd round before losing to Novak Djokovic, but after victories in 5 sets over Dimitrov and Nieminen he is punching above his weight and is definitely full of confidence. He looked impressive in his comeback yesterday against the more recently well known Sergiy Stakhovsky, winning 3-6 6-4 6-0 and could prove a stern test for the world number 34 Tursunov.
Tursunov goes into this match as the favourite, being ranked higher, has gained more experience over the past few years and the home soil will be a bonus for him. Although they have not met on the Tour yet, they did face each other in 2nd qualifying round of the Cincinnati Masters last month, where Tursunov won in straight sets. However, the Russian player will have to prepare himself for a slightly tougher fight this time around.