With the ATP Indian wells taking place over two weeks, there’s no need for any more bets in the outright market as last week’s headline selection Roger Federer is safely through to the next round and, though he does face Andreas Seppi who beat him in the Australian Open, the Swiss maestro is expected to progress to the next round.
However, there are still plenty of betting opportunities this week with a trio of matches looking like they offer excellent value.
Read all our analysis and this week’s best tennis bets below.
A match that looks to be priced-up on world rankings, rather than current form and head-to-heads, with world number 15 Gulbis favourite at 11/13 and world number 38 Mannarino priced-up at even-money. The pair have met just once before, at Queens in 2011, when Mannarino came out on top 6-3 6-3. That grass court battle is hardly compelling enough evidence to back Mannarino for this hard-court encounter on the back of it, and it is more his current form that sways me in his direction. Mannarino has won 5 of his last 7 hard-court matches, whilst Gulbis had lost 7 consecutive hard-court matches before winning his first round match here.
Mannarino 2 points @ even-money (various)
John Isner vs Kevin Anderson (Monday 9pm)
Two of the game’s biggest servers do battle for a place in the next round, and it is no surprise to see Isner priced-up as marginal favourite, despite being 3 places lower in the world rankings than his opponent. Isner has won the last four encounters between the pair, all on hard-courts, dropping just two sets which were both tie-breaks.
Isner 2 points @ 9/10 (Betway)
Robin Haase vs Lukas Rossel (Tuesday 6pm)
Lukas Rosol is ranked fully 75 places ahead of Haase in the world rankings, but owes much of that to his clay court prowess. Indeed, in the three meetings between the pair, Rosol leads 2-1 but both of his victories over Haase came on clay. Much more prevalent is Haases’s victory on the only occasion the pair met on a hard-court. Neither player has exactly been in very good form recently though and the 7/2 for Haase to win by 2 sets to 1 looks the value play.
Haase to win 2-1 2 points @ 7/2 (888)