Struff vs. De Minaur
Alex De Minaur will make his first ever apperance in the BNP Paribas Open main draw. The Australian teenager received a wildcard into the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season after his incredible campaign in the Australian Open summer. At the age of 19, De Minaur became the youngest player to reach an ATP World Tour Final since Taylor Fritz in 2016. Adding to this, the former junior world No.2 holds an outstanding 63.67% winning record against top 50 opponents in 2018.
Jan-Lennard Struff hopes to rediscover top form in Indian Wells after a disappointing start to 2018. Despite his impressive win over Tomas Berdych in the first match of the season, the world No.56 only won 25.00% of the matches played this since that victory. On the other hand, the playing conditions in the California desert are far from ideal for Struff with the German winning only 33.33% of the matches played throughout his career on this event.
This should be a very interesting contest between the German's firepower and De Minaur's exceptional counter punching. Despite Struff's unquestionable quality, it won't be easy for him to overcome such a great competitor as De Minaur. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of the tremendous value on Alex's tennis betting odds to win this match at 13/10 at 5Dimes.
Best Play: Alex de Minaur ML at 13/10 at 5Dimes
Bhambri vs. Mahut
Regardless of this Friday's outcome, Nicolas Mahut already secured his return to the top-100 next week for the first time since July 2017. Known as one of the few serve & volley players remaining on the ATP World Tour, the 36-year-old is always a tricky opponent. Nevertheless, the slow courts in Indian Wells are far from ideal for Mahut's playing style with the French winning only 20.00% of his last five matches in the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open.
Yuki Bhambri continues to impress. Once considered the future of Indian tennis, the former junior world No.1 is going through the best moment in his career with an outstanding 79.17% winning record since November 2017. Taking a look now at Yuki's campaign on this event, the 25-year-old reaches this stage of the competition after a 6 - 4 6 - 2 win over his fellow countryman Ramkumar Ramanathan.
The bookmakers expect a close encounter with Nicolas as the slight favourite at 87/100 at 5Dimes while Pinnacle offers 1/1 for Bhambri's victory. Despite Mahut's higher experience at this level, it's impossible to ignore Yuki's brilliant results in recent months. Adding to this, the slow court conditions at the BNP Paribas Open should benefit the Indian on this match-up. For that reason, our advice is for you to place a bet on Bhambri's moneyline at 1/1 at Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this contest.
Best Play: Yuki Bhambri ML at 1/1 at Pinnacle