The best players in the world head to Indian Wells with eyes on winning the Masters 1000 tournament.
Leading the tennis betting market is 2021 U.S. Open winner Daniil Medvedev, who will face strong opposition from the likes of Alex Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and countryman Andrey Rublev.
Action kicks off Thursday with a host of big names on the court.
Russian Tennis Thriving
Russian Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are having excellent success on the court.
Medvedev scored a big upset when beating Novak Djokovic to win the U.S. Open, while Rublev made the semifinal at the San Diego Open last week.
Medvedev played well at the Laver Cup and was instrumental in Europe’s victory. He scored a 6-4, 6-0 win over Denis Shapovalov to give Europe a 9-1 advantage, despite not playing much since winning the U.S. Open.
“I played unbelievably, especially (in) the second set,” Medvedev told ATP Tour. “I didn’t know what to expect because after the US Open, I didn’t play for a week and a half. Came here, practiced as much as I could the past three days, so I didn’t hit (that) many balls, but was surprisingly feeling well.”
🇷🇺 @DaniilMedwed was on a mission to write his own history at the US Open!
Relive the 2021 mens singles final 👇
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The sportsbook has Medvedev at +175 to win Indian Wells. It’s a short price considering he’s only a one-time Grand Slam winner, but he’s clearly the best player in the draw.
Rublev is on the fourth line of betting at +1600. It’s a fair price for a player with loads of potential and he’s a solid saver bet.
Can Zverev Focus on Tennis?
It’s hard enough to win tennis matches without distractions, but the controversy surrounding Alex Zverev is serious.
The German is being accused of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, and although he has denied them, it won’t be easy to focus on tennis at Indian Wells.
“I’ve always said that the allegations and everything that has been said is untrue,” Zverev told CNN. “I categorically and equivocally deny abused Olya. I also fully support the creation of an ATP domestic violence policy.”
Despite the case hanging over his head, Zverev has been playing some of his best tennis. He made the final of the French Open before winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics. His recent results include losing to Djokovic in a five-set thriller at the U.S. Open.
The 24-year-old has been confidently backed at +400 to beat Medvedev. If he’s able to brush off a crowd that will likely be against him, he has every chance of taking home the title.
Ruud Seeking Consecutive Titles
Casper Ruud isn’t the most recognizable name in tennis, but the young Norwegian has already made his mark this season.
The 22-year-old won the San Diego Open by beating Cameron Norrie in the final. It was his eighth tournament win, and although only a Tour 250 tournament, there were some big names playing.
Casper Ruud has now won five singles titles in 2021.
We repeat, Casper Ruud has now won five singles titles in 2021. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/v6MaCd4qSi
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The win put him ahead of Djokovic, Medvedev and Zverev in titles won this year.
“It’s a fun thing to say it, but obviously Daniil and Novak have bigger titles, so I wouldn’t mind switching up with them if I had an opportunity to switch five 250s to three Slams and a 250 Novak has,” said Ruud. “It would be fun to end the year with the most titles, I cannot lie about that.”
Ruud got past the likes of Andy Murray, Gregor Dimitrov and Lorenzo Sonego to make the final. It was a good follow-on from the Laver Cup, where he easily dispatched Reilly Opelka in straight sets.
Rudd is paying +3300 with betting online markets and that shouldn’t be overlooked. Confidence is key in tennis and he should make a deep run.