Andrey Rublev v Grigor Dimitrov
It has been a while since we have seen Dimitrov be a consistent presence late on in tournaments, although he was a semi-finalist here at the late running of last year’s tournament. But obviously the man of the moment conitnues to be the metronically consistent Rublev, and even though their head to head is tied at 2-2, Rublev (1/3) just has more firepower when it counts, but it is pleasing to see Dimitrov’s fighting spirit.
Paula Badosa v Maria Sakkari
On paper, this could be a very tight affair – so far Sakkari has yet to drop a set, but Badosa has her eye on a little bit of history, to be the first woman in over 30 years to defend her Indian Wells title, and liek Sakkari, has yet to give up a set. The Spanaird has had the more successful start to the year with the Sydney title, while Sakkari narrowly missed out in St Petersburg. Badosa (4/5) just edges it as the favourite.
Simona Halep v Iga Swiatek
Halep has fallen short of reaching the final here twice, and Swiatek is on her best run here. The young Pole had to come from a set down in her first three matches but she was in dominant form in the quarter-final, conceding just the one game to Madison Keys. But Halep (11/8) feels she is returning to the kind of form that took her to her two Slam titles, and as our long-shot for our final best of three pick Accas, she might just be worth a faith flutter.