The ATP Los Angeles semi-finals get underway later today with American duo Sam Querrey and Rajeev Ram preparing to slug it out for a place in the final.
There will be few surprises for Querrey and Ram when they take to court later. These two have played three times on the tour over the past few years with Querrey winning both matches on the US hard-court swing in 2010.
The man who once compiled an 11 match winning streak in Los Angeles, is bidding to make the final for a third time and he's been totally untroubled so far this week. He knows exactly what he'll need to do to prevail.
"Hopefully I serve well and return well," Querrey said. "He's (Ram's) got a great serve. He plays a little different with serve and volley, a lot of backhand slices, so I'll be patient and hopefully return his serve. I just love playing in front of my friends and family out here. I'm really comfortable out here and look forward to it every year."
In the first semi-final Ricardas Berankis will be looking to cap his recovery from a pelvis fracture by reaching the first ATP final of his career. He's 1-1 on head-to-heads against Aussie sixth seed Marinko Matosevic but given how well Berankis has been playing this week (he outplayed fourth seed Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in the quarters), it wouldn't be surprised to see the youngster fulfil his talent.