The third round of the BNP Paribas Open at the ATP Indian Wells tournament concludes on Tuesday evening when the bottom half of the draw play down to the last 16 stage in the first Masters 1000 event of the year.
With the rain denying a conclusion to the Novak Djokovic match on Monday evening, we have three of the top four in the world on show on what looks like a really good Tuesday which is headlined by the Swiss clash at the end of it.
It is a women’s match that gets the day’s play underway on the main stadium court but once that has concluded the second seed Rafael Nadal will be in action when he takes on Argentine star Diego Schwartzman. Novak Djokovic then returns to the court after that to take on Philipp Kohlschreiber in the match that did not finish on Monday. The final men’s match on this court comes in the night session when Roger Federer meets his Swiss counterpart Stan Wawrinka.
Just the two matches take place on the men’s side of the competition on the second court on Tuesday with one of them opening the show as Kei Nishikori takes on Hubert Hurkacz in a match the Japanese star will be expected to win. Later in the evening British eyes will be on this court when their number one Kyle Edmund steps out to play the Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot for a place in the last 16.
The remaining four matches in the men’s draw all take place on Stadium 3 on Tuesday and if you have a ticket for this court you should get some cracking matches as Daniil Medvedev starts things off against Filip Krajinovic before probably the match of the day in this part of the complex when Denis Shapovalov takes on Marin Cilic. John Isner then looks for a place in the last 16 of the event when he faces Guido Pella before the Russian pair of Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov complete the singles play.
I’ll take three bets over the course of the evening with Stadium 3 my focus for the night. It begins with Filip Krajinovic taking on Daniil Medvedev and I think the Serb is decent value here. I opposed him earlier in the week believing that he wouldn’t continue his good form from qualifying from he has done that and more and came past David Goffin with ease in the previous round. Medvedev powered past Mackenzie McDonald in the end in the previous round but he didn’t look convincing. This is much closer looking than the odds suggest and there is a case to be made that the Serb will enjoy the conditions more. He’s my bet here.
John Isner came through his first match in outstanding fashion but he is likely to have it a lot tougher against Guido Pella who is in some form at the minute. This is that classic big server against awkward lefty clash and generally we see plenty of tiebreaks and tight sets in those contests. The only previous meeting between these two was 76 57 76 in Pella’s favour on the Rio clay in 2016. I’m expecting similar set scores here so over 23.5 games should be landing here.
Later on, Andrey Rublev looks overpriced against a Karen Khachanov who arrived at this event in questionable form and who might not have the advantages over his Russian counterpart that he enjoys against other players given how well they know each other’s game. The fact that they know each other so well means I’m expecting a close tussle here so Rublev, needing wins to climb back up the rankings, looks a big price in a match which could very well go the distance.
WON – Back F.Krajinovic to beat D.Medvedev for a 3/10 stake at 3.50 with Betway
Back J.Isner vs G.Pella – Over 23.5 games for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Bet365
Back A.Rublev to beat K.Khachanov for a 3/10 stake at 2.63 with Betfair
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