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Ana Ivanovic (14) vs. Karolina Pliskova (18)
As we predicted in our Indian Wells Day 4 Analysis, Ana Ivanovic had a very tough match against Camila Giorgi, with the Serbian saving two match points before emerging victorious on a third set tiebreak. Winning a match after saving match points is always a massive boost for the players’ confidence, especially when those match points were saved with very positive tennis as Ivanovic did. Ana will be looking to reach the 4th round of this event for the first time since 2012, after three consecutive losses on the third round.
After two disappointing performances in the Middle East – with Karolina Pliskova losing on her debut in Dubai and Doha – the Czech returned to victories with a 6 – 2 6 – 4 triumph over Shelby Rogers. Karolina performed at a very consistent level, ending the match with 23 winners / 15 unforced errors and without dropping her serve a single time. This is Pliskova’s third career appearance in Indian Wells third round, with her best result achieved last year when she reached the fourth round.
This will be the fourth career contest between these two players, with Pliskova winning all three previous meetings.
Ivanovic will be looking for a better performance against this opponent, after losing earlier this year in Sydney by 4 – 6 2 – 6. Playing against Giorgi was a good preparation for this match and this might be the time for Ana’s first victory over the Czech. Even though Pliskova’s better performance against Rogers, the world no.19 hasn’t been performing at her best level lately. Ivanovic will be looking to hit the ball very early, especially with the forehand, in order to take time from Pliskova – who is known for having a weak baseline movement. With this in mind, we believe this is the perfect opportunity for Ivanovic’s first career victory over this opponent and for that reason, we advise adding the Serbian to your tennis picks.
Free Tennis Pick: Ana Ivanovic ML (-115)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
Bernard Tomic (17) vs Milos Raonic (12)
After a remarkable start of year, where Milos Raonic won ATP Brisbane and reached the Australian Open semifinals, the Canadian was forced to withdraw from ATP Delray Beach and Acapulco due to an ongoing hip injury. Despite being out of competition for over a month, Milos returned at great level on this event, dismissing Inigo Cervantes by 6 – 1 6 – 3. The Canadian has been much more solid from the baseline than he used to and he showed that against Cervantes, breaking the Spaniard five times.
The last weeks have been quite demanding for Bernard Tomic, with the Australian traveling from Mexico to Australia and then to the USA in less than two weeks. Adding to this, Tomic played his Davis Cup matches on Grass and is now back to the Hard Courts. It was far from an impressive debut from Tomic against Rajeev Ram, but the Australian managed to emerge victorious by 6 – 4 7 – 5.
This will be the third official match between this pair, with Raonic leading by 2 – 0 on h2h. They faced each other earlier this year in Brisbane, where Milos triumphed in two tiebreaks.
Raonic is playing at an outstanding level and it will be very hard for anyone to stop him. Both are great servers and their match in Brisbane was a good example of that, with neither of them breaking the opponent’s serve; however, Milos is currently at a much higher level than Tomic and because of that, we suggest taking advantage of the Canadian tennis odds by placing a bet on his set handicap.
Free Tennis Pick: Milos Raonic -1.5 Set Handicap (-108)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle