HRWager’s Tennis Tips looks at the landscape of Indian Wells after Andy Murray got upset. Good morning and welcome to the HRW’s tennis coverage. Even the might Novak needed to go 7-5 in both rounds to get by his third round opponent. This early year tournament has a few of the classic big server vs well rounded player matchups happening today. On the women’s side, Simona has the chance to beat Serena where the lights are not a bright as a Grand Slam venue. All of this upcoming for you right now here at HRWager.
Tennis Tips : Last Stands
Two matches pinged our radar this morning. Jon Isner is in his waning days on the tour. The big server is #11 in the world and the highest ranked American by far as the US has slid off the map in men’s tennis. He gets to face Kei Nishikori. Isner will need to match his prowess of winning all 34 first serve points like he did in his last round. Lots of short points in this one with the man from Japan being your -130 favorite here.
Tomas Still On Top?
The Big Four would battle for bragging rights and who was right behind them for many years feasting on the scraps. It was Tomas Berdych. He was usually in the top ten and almost always at #5 or 6 in the world. His living was made by blasting off the court the medium range talent on tour. This is what we have in Milos Raonic. A one dimensional player whose big serve is combined with slightly better movement than Isner. Milos actually has a 3-2 heads up lead but two patterns emerge. First is that most of their matches went on the over with three set affairs and 7-6 being the norm. Secondly, Tomas has done better the more he has played Milos. Underdog value of +150 here for Tomas with the over in games also being a prudent sports investment.
Finally, this is the type of scenario where Simona Halep could rise up and bit Serena. When people expect it, the former #2 in the world has folded in Grand Slams. She can not handle pressure but there is little here. Watch it for entertainment value but steer clear of adding Serena ML to your parlays today. Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at HRWager.