The ATP Los Angeles quarter-finals get underway tonight with Sam Querrey taking on Xavier Malisse in the headline match of the day.
World number 55 Querrey is aiming to get back inside the top 30 by the end of the summer and after enjoying some decent results on the grass, he sent a message earlier this week with a crushing 6-2, 6-2 win over Igor Sijsling to reach the last eight of the Farmers Classic.
"I feel like if I play like that, if I keep serving well and hitting my forehand big, this is my tournament to win," Querrey said. "I feel like I play great here. I want to win, I think I can win."
However Querrey is up against a pumped up Xavier Malisse who's been tinkering with his service motion this week to great effect. Malisse has been trying a few things to put more rotation into his action and ramp up the power and it made an immediate difference during his second round win over Matthew Ebden. Firing down first serves with 90% accuracy, confidence was oozing through Malisse's game and he smashed 22 winners in total. It looks set to be a cracker of a match.
Former junior world number one Ricardas Berankis will be fancying his chances of upsetting Nicolas Mahut and Rajeev Ram will be hoping the home crowd can inspire him to something special against Argentine third seed Leonardo Mayer.