Well, tennis fanatics, we know one thing about the ATP betting portion of the 2018 PNB Paribas at Indian Wells. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will not be winning the fun-filled and star-studded tournament! We also know that World No. 1 Roger Federer is the prohibitive favorite on the men’s side (what else is new?).
The BNP Paribas Open is the first of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. The Stadium 1 is the second largest in the world, with more than 16,000 seats and 44 suites. Main draw play in 2018 will run from March 8-18. Now, let’s look at the odds to win the ATP betting portion of the co-ed tourney along with my prediction of just which ATP player will win it all.
Top ATP Betting Picks of the Week – March 5th Edition
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The new World No. 1 is a perfect 12-0 on the year and has 1000 points to defend at Indian Wells after winning here a year ago. Plus he probably wants to hold on to his World No. 1 ranking for a while.
The World No. 2 is out here and at Miami later this month.
Cilic is 9-3 on the year but made the finals at the Aussie Open opposite Federer and took the all-time great five sets before bowing out.
Dimitrov is 8-4 on the year with no titles so far although he did reach the finals in Rotterdam opposite Federer, before getting smacked around in a humbling 6-2, 6-2 loss.
Zverev is 8-3 on the year, but he’s playing better after reaching the semis in Acapulco before falling to Juan martin Del Potro.
Thiem is off to a 16-3 start with one title after winning in Argentina in February.
Goffin is 7-3 on the year and battling some minor injuries.
Juan Martin Del Potro
‘Del Po’ is 11-3 on the year and reached the finals at Delray Beach last weekend opposite Francis Tiafoe before falling. However, the powerful big man has plenty of momentum after winning in Acapulco.
The South African veteran is 11-3 on the year and won the New York Open in February on an outdoor hard court while reaching the finals at Acapulco opposite Del Po.
Sock is off to an awful 1-4 start this year, but did reach the semis here a year ago.
Wawrinka is off to an uninspiring 3-4 start so far this season.
Djokovic is 3-1 on the year, but will take to the court for his first tournament since getting bounced of the Australian open by Heyon Chung, who, by the way, looks like a player that will be offering some excellent value at Indian Wells.
Young American Francis Tiafoe got his first ATP tournament win this past weekend did in Delray Beach and has an absolutely huge upside.
Indian Wells Prediction
I’m going with Federer to meet Juan Martin Del Potro, where the big man will pull off the huge upset over the World No. 1. You heard it here first!