ATP & WTA Indian Wells Day 7: Top Plays for Tuesday

João Mourato

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:20 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016 5:20 PM GMT

Join us and find out our two top betting selections for the ATP & WTA Indian Wells Day 7. We'll provide a detailed analysis, explaining why you should grab these two valuable tennis picks.

 

Rafael Nadal (4) vs. Fernando Verdasco
As we predicted in our Indian Wells Day 5 analysis, Rafael Nadal had to fight hard in order to overcome Gilles Muller. Despite losing a set, it was a good performance from Nadal and more important than that, he showed great mental strength under pressure, saving 11/14 break points and ending the match with an outstanding inside out backhand passing shot. The Spaniard stats were also quite solid, with 75% first serve in, 27 winners / 22 unforced errors and only allowing Muller to win 56.52% points at the net.

After a tough first round against the qualifier Peter Polansky, Fernando Verdasco saw Martin Klizan retiring from their second round match due to a right foot injury. Verdasco is always a dangerous player to face, with his left-handed forehand as his biggest weapon; however, he’s known for his inconsistency and mental fragility. Apart from his remarkable win against Nadal in Melbourne, it has been a poor season for Verdasco – losing the two matches he played so far when priced below 1.40.

Verdasco achieved his best result on this event in 2009, when he reached the quarterfinals.

This will be the 19th career meeting between these two players, with Nadal leading by 15 – 3. As we referred, they played earlier this year at the Australian Open where Verdasco surprised the former world no.1 in a five sets victory.

Even though Nadal won 83.33% of their previous encounters, Verdasco triumphed in three of their last four matches. This should be a very interesting contest between two left-handed players with monumental forehands. Nadal is looking for revenge after this year’s loss and he should get on the Californian desert. The tennis odds on Nadal are quite decent and we suggest placing a bet on his spread for this match.

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Free Tennis Pick: Rafael Nadal -4 (+104)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Simona Halep (5)
As we mentioned in our WTA Indian Wells tournament analysis, the last months haven’t been easy for Simona Halep, with the world no.5 losing her last three matches on WTA events before this competition. Despite the less achieved results, the defending champion raised her level this week, with two straight sets victories against Vania King and Ekaterina Makarova. Simona was incredibly solid on her contest against Makarova, ending the match with 16 winners / 14 unforced errors and winning 72.72% of the points on her serve.

For the second time on her career, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova reaches the 4th round on this event – after reaching this stage in the remote year of 2004. Barbora likes to play on the big stages and this year she recorded her best results on important events such as the Australian Open (4th round), Dubai (final) or this week at Indian Wells with the 4th round so far. After an easy first round win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the Czech needed to recover from a set down on her two following matches against Andrea Petkovic and Kurumi Nara.

These two players will face each other for the third time on their careers, with one victory for each side.

Zahlavova Strycova is never an easy opponent to face due to her ability to change the pace of the game. Since 2015, the Czech played 7 matches against top 10 players and won four of them, the last triumph occurred this year against Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open. Despite Barbora’s recent success against top players, Simona is playing at an outstanding level and she should be just too good for her opponent. With this in mind, we suggest adding Halep’s spread to your tennis picks.

Free Tennis Pick: Simona Halep -4 (-104)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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