We have one of the best day’s tennis of the year at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday as the ATP Indian Wells tournament sees the last 16 played out in full as we head towards the end of the opening Masters 1000 event of the year.
The tournament suffered a huge shock on Tuesday when Novak Djokovic was dumped out and that has opened up the top half of the draw. The bottom half looks juicy though so we are set for some competitive tennis on Wednesday.
The former champion Rafael Nadal gets the honour of opening up the card on the main court on Wednesday when Rafael Nadal takes on a qualifier in wonderful touch Filip Krajinovic in what could be a tasty tussle. They are followed by a women’s match before the other former winner left in the draw, Roger Federer, meets Britain’s top man Kyle Edmund. We have to wait until the last match of the evening for the other men’s match as Philipp Kohlschreiber takes on Gael Monfils.
Two outsiders do battle for a place in the quarter final in the first match of the day on the second court as Yoshihito Nishioka takes on the lucky loser who is enjoying his reprieve in Miomir Kecmanovic. It is men all the way on this court with Jan-Lennard Struff taking on Milos Raonic in the second game before John Isner takes on Karen Khachanov in a juicy looking clash. The final match of the day on this court is an evening session match as Ivo Karlovic goes up against Dominic Thiem for a quarter final spot.
You could almost be forgiven for forgetting about the one remaining match in the draw as it is the only singles match in among a bunch of doubles matches out on Stadium 3. It sees the unheralded Hubert Hurkacz going up against the Canadian star Denis Shapovalov who is looking to back up his fine win over Marin Cilic in the previous round.
Couple of value bets for me on this card with my attention being firmly on the Stadium 2 court. Jan-Lennard Struff beat Milos Raonic in Dubai recently and so I’m not sure why he is as big as 9/4 to repeat that less than two weeks later in similar conditions when he hasn’t shown any signs of a drop in form at any stage. Raonic has had to battle hard in this tournament so far against lesser opponents than the German while Struff has only conceded 19 games in his three matches. The value is with the German here.
I can’t say I’ve been massively impressed with Karen Khachanov in this tournament but there were signs against Andrey Rublev in the previous round that he is warming to the task and the fact that he has a 3-0 lead in the head-to-head record with John Isner makes me think he is worth siding with here. Isner has cruised through the draw but goes up a level here and if Khachanov can get into the sets then he has the quality to make Isner work. I’ll take the Russian to continue his return to form here.
Back J-L.Struff to beat M.Raonic for a 3/10 stake at 3.25 with Betway
WON – Back K.Khachanov to beat J.Isner for a 4/10 stake at 2.40 with 888sport