Best Bet – Rafael Nadal to beat Nick Kyrgios (10pm, Thu)
Oh this could so easily be a long shot too – but Nadal has gone 18-0 this year, and the Spaniard is ALWAYS up for beating Nick Kyrgios when he can.
Often a little perplexed by Kyrgios’ on court behaviour, Nadal prefers to let his tennis do the talking, but Kyrgios has been playing superbly, and having advanced through a walkover, could be a fairly frisky opponent today for Nadal (2/5) who still should come out on top but expect this to be a tight three setter.
Next Best – Maria Sakkari to beat Elena Rybakina (6.05pm, Thu)
Neither Sakkari or Rybakina have dropped a set this week, and with Rybakina leading their head to head from their one and only encounter a couple of years ago, this is by no means a fait accompli for the Greek player, whose consistency have seen her reach the WTA St Petersburg final and the Doha semi-final before this tournament.
Both are in the quarter-finals at Indian Wells for the first time, but we pick Sakkari (8/11) to prevail.
Long Shot – Cameron Norrie to beat Carlos Alcaraz (1am, Fri)
It feels strange to put a defending champion as a long shot but Norrie was pretty much schooled by Alcaraz when they met at the US Open last year in straight sets, and if there is one player that can match up to Norrie’s endurance-style play, it is Alcaraz.
Many good things are expected of the Spaniard and there is plenty to keep an eye on, but Norrie (11/5) will have to pull out all the stops to get the better of the rising Next Gen star.
* Indian Wells betting odds correct at the time of publication. All tennis odds subject to changes.