2019 BNP Paribas Open Day 2 Betting Preview & Tips

2019 BNP Paribas Open Day 2 Betting Preview & Tips

Tennis specialist Craig Vickers (@craigvickers_) previews day two of the men’s BNP Paribas Open and provides us with his best bets for the first Masters 1000 tournament of the year.

  • 2019 Profit and Loss: +4.91pts

2019 BNP Paribas Open Day 1 Betting Preview & Tips

  • Date: 8 March 2019
  • Venue: Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California, United States
  • Channel: Amazon Prime Video/Tennis TV

Friday marks day two at the BNP Paribas Open and conditions are set to be windy from 11AM local onwards, with highs of 18 Celsius in mid-afternoon.

2017 finalist Stan Wawrinka commences his campaign against Dan Evans in a rematch of their third round meeting at the US Open three years ago.

Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych faces Feliciano Lopez and Australian Open quarter-finalist Frances Tiafoe clashes with Nicolas Jarry to conclude the evening.

Day one included several underdog winners and we’ll be crossing fingers and toes for a similar outcome on day two.

The Verdict

The first match which piques the interest is Alex Bolt’s clash with Ernests Gulbis at around 8:30PM GMT, with the former value at 11/8.

Bolt has a modest record on slower surfaces, but he will be accustomed to the heat having grew up in Adelaide and he enjoyed a stellar run to the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year as a wild card.

He will also be more familiar with conditions having come through two rounds of qualifying this week without dropping a set – edging past the big-serving Christopher Eubanks Jr. as an underdog.

That came on the back of his quarter-final showing at the Indian Wells Challenger event last week, where he fell to eventual finalist Andrey Rublev, and he certainly has more experience on outdoor hard than his opponent in recent months.

Gulbis has found form indoors – reaching the final of the Stockholm Open at the end of last year – but he has played only four main draw matches on outdoor hard in the last twelve months (all in 2019).

The Latvian can, of course, produce form at any time as he exhibited at Wimbledon last year and during the first set of his clash with Wawrinka in Melbourne in January, but his record at Indian Wells is certainly flaky.

He has progressed further than the round of 16 only once in his last ten appearances and he will be less attuned to the slower surface than his Australian counterpart having replaced Fernando Verdasco in the main draw at the weekend.

Elsewhere, Steve Johnson hasn’t won a match at a tournament level above ATP 500 since the US Open last year and he can certainly be opposed against the in-form Taylor Fritz.

Fritz reached the round of 16 here last year and the California native scored his first ever top-10 win against Marin Cilic in the desert two years ago.

He has enjoyed a stellar start to the year, too, with a third round performance at the Australian Open – defeated by Roger Federer – and a title at the Newport Beach Challenger last month.

The 21-year-old is available at 5/6 and it might be worth a slightly heavier stake to maximise profit.

Recommended Bets

  • 0.5pts – Alex Bolt to win – 11/8 (Boyle Sports)
  • 0.8pts – Taylor Fritz to win – 5/6 (Bet365)