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Spreadwise: Tennis: Fit Philippoussis to power past German.

Byline: Adrian Humphries

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS sh-ould outclass Alexander Popp in their Wimbledon quarter-

final today and it can pay to get with the Aussie.

Buying his game supremacy and selling total games are possible options, but the safest way of supporting Scud

may be to get long of his set

supremacy at 13 with Spreadex.

There is no history to go on because the pair have never met. But given the way Philippoussis has performed at the All England Club over the past week and a half, he appears to have every chance of sweeping aside the German, who until this week was struggling to hold on to his top-200 ranking.

With the exception of Jiri Novak, Popp's victims have all been ranked outside the top 50. And although Sports Betting recommended getting with Novak in round three, it is safe to say that the Czech is performing nowhere near the standard he produced last season, when he reached the Australian Open semis and Madrid Masters final.

Philippoussis, on the other hand, is a player firmly on the up, as his recent rise from a three-figure ranking to 48th in the world testifies.

A succession of injuries has seen him struggle in recent seasons and he plummeted down the rankings as a result, but Scud is as happy as he can be with his fitness right now.

After his five-set victory over Andre Agassi in the round of 16, he said: "My fitness trainer at home in San Diego has been working hard all year on my condition, and it's just starting to pay off. As well as four hours surfing a day and two hours on court, I also do a couple of hours in the gym.

"We've also done some crazy drills where he's nearly made me cry. Stuff like going down staircases hands first. That has really toughened up my hands."

Traditionally, Philippoussis's most vulnerable points were his knees. But he added: "I don't have any knee trouble at all right now. There's no niggling pains, nothing that's sore. It feels great."

Roger Federer and Sjeng Schalken could fight out a long match, but both have injury doubts and the game is bst swerved.


Buy M Philippoussis set


5pts at 13 (Spreadex)


Alexander Popp Up against it
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2003
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