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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Punters hit again as two qualifiers make Alps final

Lowly-ranked Klizan and Istomin to battle it out for Alpine title

Denis Istomin has looked driven in Austria this week
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It's another huge bookmakers' benefit on the ATP Tour this week with two qualifiers making the Generali Open final in Kitzbuhel.

Last week Nikoloz Basilashvili, who was introduced into bet365's German Open market at 150-1 after winning two qualifying matches to gain entry into the main draw in Hamburg, went all the way at the Rothenbaum Club.

Six days later two qualifiers, Martin Klizan and Denis Istomin, will deservedly contest the final having ousted talented duo Jaume Munar 7-6 6-3 and Nicolas Jarry 7-5 6-7 6-4 in the semi-finals on Friday.

Bet365 quoted Klizan, champion in Hamburg in 2016, at just 25-1 for Generali Open joy while Istomin was 66-1 with the same firm.

Klizan, early-round conqueror of Dominic Thiem, is 8-13 with Hills to take the title but bet365 could see support for their 11-8 about Istomin, who has looked driven in the Alps this week.

Andy Murray was 7-2 second favourite for the Citi Open after ousting Marius Copil in three long sets in Washington DC. But the emotional Scot, in tears after his triumph, was no certainty to turn out for his quarter-final clash with 150-1 Alex de Minaur on Friday night.

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Last week qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili, who was introduced to bet365's German Open outright list at 150-1, went all the way in Hamburg
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