Into the quarter finals now against Nathan Thompson which is also winnable. Nathan is a lovely guy and a very handy player but at his best Samuel should come through with a win. The clay court season in Spain was a bit of a disappointment but he seems to have found some confidence again and he believes he is hitting the ball well which is great.
A nice little add on to this win for Sam is that he has gained Special Entry in to a Mexican challenger next week as he was not ranked high enough for direct entry and would not be able to play qualifying now that he is in the semifinals.
I think Sam can beat Ram but if he runs into red hot Matosevic in the final I think he is going down.... He will most probably re-enter the top 250 after this result which is nice.
Sam has started to find some form in a big challenger in Korea, unfortunately hes run into his points that he gained last year and needs to make at least semis here to defend his points from this time last year. Faces Udomchoke in the quarters now, a winnable match considering some of Danai's losses this season. If Sam can win this tournament (which I don't think will happen) he moves to around 206 in the world which I think is the sort of spot in rankings I believe he deserves. More points to defend in the coming weeks as well so hopefully he can make a run in Uzbekistan next week as well.