Benneteau vs. Chardy
Jeremy Chardy continues to disappoint in 2018. In addition to his poor 3 – 5 record so far this season, the 31-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Indian Wells Challenger last week due to a left wrist injury. On the other hand, Chardy only won 35.71% of the matches played throughout his career on this event. Despite some concerns regarding Jeremy’s physical condition, the world No.100 announced his participation in the BNP Paribas Open.
Against all expectations, Julien Benneteau reached his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final at the Rolex Paris Masters in 2017. Known as one of the best counter punchers in the game, the former world No.25 is going through a very good moment in his career. Adding to this, playing in Indian Wells brings great memories to Julien with the 36-year-old reaching the quarter-finals in 2014.
These two players know each other well. Not only are they good friends off the court but this is also their 4th official meeting with Benneteau leading on the h2h by 2 – 1.
Despite Jeremy’s undeniable quality, it won’t be easy for him to overcome such a tough opponent as Benneteau. Moreover, Chardy might not be fully recovered from his wrist injury. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the tremendous value on Julien’s tennis betting odds to win this match at 63/100 at 5Dimes.
Best Play: Julien Benneteau ML at 63/100 at 5Dimes
Shapovalov vs. Berankis
Regardless of this Thursday's outcome, Ricardas Berankis already secured his return to the top-100 next week. Known as one of the most promising players of his generation, the former world No.1 always failed to live up to expectations. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old can never be underestimated due to his undeniable talent. Taking a look now at Berankis campaign on this event, the Lithuanian reaches this stage of the competition after a 2 - 6 6 - 2 6 - 2 win over Casper Ruud in the last round of the qualifying.
Despite his age, Denis Shapovalov is already one of the best players in the world. The 18-year-old continues to impress in 2018 with an outstanding 85.71% winning record this season when priced as favourite. Adding to this, the Canadian teenager recorded one of his best ever victories two weeks ago at the Abierto Mexicano against Kei Nishikori.
The bookmakers expect a straightforward win from Shapovalov with the Canadian available at 39/100 at Pinnacle while William Hill offers 23/10 at 5Dimes. Even though it's never easy to bet against a qualifier on the opening round, it's hard to ignore Shapovalov's recent performances. Having said that, our recommendation is for you to place a bet on Denis -3.5 Game Handicap at 9/10 at Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this contest.
Best Play: Denis Shapovalov -3.5 Game Handicap at 9/10 at Pinnacle