Top Betting Predictions For The 2017 Paribas Open

Posted by Eric Williams on Monday,March 6, 2017 12:39, EST in

When you think of March Madness, your mind may immediately zero in on the annual NCAA college basketball championship tournament, but as tennis betting enthusiasts everywhere know, the start of March means tennis has its own version of March Madness – and it all kicks off with the start of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday.

Whether you’re a ‘hard core’ racquet lover or occasional tennis betting aficionado, the handful of expert predictions that you’re about to get could help you cash in big on one of the biggest non-major tournaments there is.

The 2017 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is the first of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments of the season. This year’s field is absolutely loaded with every member of the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and 46 of the Top 50 overall all present for this year’s tournament. This year marks the 42nd edition of the tournament which was first held at nearby Mission Hills in Palm Springs in 1976.

Now, let’s get on to some Tennis betting predictions.

Top Betting Predictions For The 2017 Paribas Open

 

 

2017 BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells, CA
March 09 – 19 2017

Roger Federer

Federer won Indian Wells three straight times from 2004-06 and last won this 1000 Masters in 2012. After missing last year’s event due to a knee injury, Federer is back for the 16th time. The 35-year-old Swiss superstar has a 52-11 career match record at Indian Wells and was the runner up to Novak Djokovic the last two times he competed in the event in 2015 and 2016.

Federer is playing in his second tournament (8-1 record) since capturing his 18th career Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open. His second round loss last week against Evgeny Donskoy wasn’t very pretty, but I don’t think it was a precursor to how he will play at Indian Wells.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic has won three consecutive titles at Indian Wells and also took home the hardware in 2008 and 2011. Djokovic also has a whopping 17-match winning streak in Indian Wells since his last loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the 2013 semifinals. The current World No. 2 has a 47-6 career record at Indian Wells and he has advanced to the semis or better in eight of his previous 11 appearances. The 29-year-old Serb is 9-2 on the season after suffering a stunning second round loss at the Aussie Open to Dennis Istomin and a quarterfinals loss against Nick Kyrgios at Acapulco last week.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is the top seed at Indian Wells for the first time in his career, but the World No. 1 has never done better than his 2009 runner-up finish against Rafael Nadal.

Last year Murray lost in the third round against Federico Delbonis and will come into this year’s event with a solid 12-2 record after capturing his 45th career title in Dubai two weeks ago. The good news for Murray is that the year-end No. 1 player has won the title at Indian Wells in six of the last seven years and eight of the last 11 years overall.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal has won at Indian Wells three times (2007, 2009, 2013) with each win coming in an odd numbered year (there’s hope). Nadal has gone 489 in 12 previous appearances at Indian Well. Nadal comes into the event off a good showing in Acapulco, despite losing in the final 6-3, 7-6 against American Sam Querrey. The bad news for Nadal is that he has not won hard court tournament since taking the title at Doha in January 2014. Nadal has gone 12-3 this season and reached the quarters at the Aussie Open on a similar hard court.

Dark Horse Pick

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

My man, pots and pans!  Jo Wilfried-Tsonga is off to a fantastic 17-3 start this season that includes consecutive titles in Rotterdam and Marseille. The 31-year-old French born superstar has gone just 13-8 over his career at Indian Wells, but he also enters Indian Wells on a nine-match winning streak.

Lurking

Alexander Zverev

The sweet-swinging 19-year-old German has all the tools it takes to become the No. 1 layer in the world and I believe he will get where he wants to be at some point in the very near future. Zverev is 7-4 on the year with one title at Montpellier, but the surface at Indian Wells is perfectly suited for his powerful game and I believe he could ‘upset’ anyone on the planet today.

Finals Picks

I know Novak Djokovic has largely struggled this season, but I’m expecting home to get back to playing great tennis by taking the title at the 2017 BNP Paribas at Indian Wells – over, none other than the legendary Roger Federer.