Tennys Sandgren couldn't have asked for more on his 2018 debut. Against all expectations, the 26-year-old became the second man in the last 20 years to reach the quarter-finals in his Australian Open debut. Despite his brilliant results in Melbourne Park, Sandgren holds a poor 33.33% winning record since then. Adding to this, the world No.58 only won 34.78% of the matches played throughout his career on the ATP World Tour.
Playing in Key Biscayne brings very good memories to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez with the former world No.23 reaching the Miami Open second round in five different occasions. Known for his solid baseline game, the slow court conditions in Miami are perfect for the Spaniard's playing style. Taking a look now at Guillermo's campaign in 2018, the 34-year-old is enjoying great success after reaching the quarter-finals in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.
The bookmakers expect a very close encounter between these two. Looking now at the odds for this contest, Sandgren is the slight favourite at 67/100 at William Hill while Pinnacle offers 13/10 for Guillermo's victory. Despite Tenny’s undeniable quality, it won't be easy for the American to overcome such a solid and experienced player as Garcia-Lopez on these slow court in Miami. On the other hand, the hot and humid conditions in Key Biscayne should benefit Garcia-Lopez on this match. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on the Spaniard's moneyline as the most valuable play for this first round contest.
Agnieszka Radwanska hopes to rediscover top form in Miami after a disappointing start to 2018. Known as one of the most talented players in the game, the former world No.2 holds an outstanding 29 - 10 career record at the Miami Open. Nevertheless, Radwanska only won 53.85% of the matches played so far this season. Moreover, Radwanska lost all her last three official encounters on the WTA Tour.
Regardless of this Thursday's outcome, Alison Van Uytvanck already secured her return to the top 50 for the first time since March 2016. The Belgian claimed her second career WTA singles title earlier this season at the Hungarian Ladies Open in Budapest with a surprising three-set victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the final. Taking a look now at Alison's campaign on this event, the 23-year-old reaches this stage of the competition in Miami after a 6 - 7 7 - 5 6 - 1 win against Kateryna Bondarenko.
This will be the fourth official encounter between these two players with Van Uytvanck still looking for her first ever win against this opponent.
As the h2h suggests, Radwanska is far from an easy match-up for the Belgian. Despite Agnieszka's lack of success in recent months, the Polish can never be underestimated. On the other hand, playing in Miami brings the best out of Agnieszka. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to add Radwanska to our tennis picks to win this match at 61/100 at 5Dimes.