The third round of the BNP Paribas Open begins out in Indian Wells on Monday as the leading names look to make it into the last 16 of the first Masters 1000 event of the calendar year. Some top names are on show so we should get another excellent day of tennis.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made it through safely on Sunday evening and get a day off on Monday which means that it is the turn of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev among others to take centre stage.
The action kicks off with the big serving Milos Raonic taking on the qualifier Marcos Giron in a North American battle before a pair of Germans take to the main court when the ATP Finals winner Alexander Zverev meets his countryman Jan-Lennard Struff who is playing some decent tennis at the minute. The world number one Novak Djokovic then closes out the day when he plays another German player in the form of Philipp Kohlschreiber.
There are a couple of women’s matches to open up the schedule on the second stadium court but when the men come along we should get a good contest as Gael Monfils takes on Albert Ramos-Vinolas before a couple of unseeded players do battle as Felix Auger-Aliassime goes up against Yoshihito Nishioka in a match which is big for both given the possibilities that victory could open up for them.
Best of the Rest
The other three men’s matches take place on the outside courts with Dominic Thiem up late in the day against Gilles Simon on Court 3 while further afield big Ivo Karlovic meets Prajnesh Gunneswaran and there is an all-Serb battle as the improving Laslo Djere takes on the lucky loser and countryman Miomir Kecmanovic. Those matches will be played out on Court 4.
I’ll go with the overs in a couple of games lines over the course of the evening with the match between Ivo Karlovic and Prajnesh Gunneswaran looking like a candidate for tiebreaks. Neither man are particularly good in return games and both are obviously heavily reliant on the serve. Unless that serve fails one of them quite badly then I don’t see many, if any breaks of serve throughout this encounter so the 25.5 games appeals. It may well get covered with a 76 76 scoreline but if it happens to go three sets then happy days.
Dominic Thiem holds an 8-2 head-to-head record against Gilles Simon but it is rare for them to have one-sided encounters so I like the idea of over 22.5 games in this one too. Once again it wouldn’t be a surprise for a couple of tight sets here but both are adept at hitting the ball in slow conditions and moving the other around so I’m expecting a three set battle here which should see the game total soar way beyond 22.5.
Back I.Karlovic vs P.Gunneswaran – Over 25.5 games for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with Betway
Back G.Simon vs D.Thiem – Over 22.5 games for a 4/10 stake at 1.95 with BetVictor