Juan Martin Del Potro v Milos Raonic
First Set Correct Score Any Player: Either Player 7-6 – 17/10
Del Potro looks unstoppable at the moment. He is on a 14-match winning streak and has snared the last two ATP titles, at Indian Wells and Acapulco. Tomorrow he meets former world number three Milos Raonic in what should be a cracking match.
Raonic has been plagued by injures over the past 12 months, but seems to be back to his old self now. He’s yet to drop a set, and reached the semi-finals at the Indian Wells event last week, where he was beaten by tonight’s opponent.
Both men are powerful servers, so the first set tiebreak at 17/10 certainly offers value here.
Alexander Zverev v Borna Coric: Coric to win – 5/4
Coric just wins here, simple as.
The young Croatian has been coming into his own recently. He has won eight of his last nine matches, only losing to the great Roger Federer in a thrilling three sets in the other Indian Wells semi last week. His confidence is sky-high right now, and he’s also beaten Alexander Zverev in both their previous match-ups.
The German, on the other hand, is an absolute spoofer and still has a long way to go before he can claim to be an elite player… in our humble opinion, of course. We simply can’t see him winning this one.
Coric at 5/4 to win is the clear value play here.
Sloane Stephens v Victoria Azarenka: Stephens to win – 6/5
This is a battle between the two most impressive players this week. Sloane Stephens has been an outsider in both of her previous matches, but enjoyed surprisingly comfortable straight-sets wins against Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber.
On the other side of the net, the screeching princess Victoria Azarenka – a close second to Maria Sharapova in decibel levels – has been incredible this week. This is just her second tournament back following a custody battle that scuppered her previous return to the court after the birth of her son in 2016.
She has faced a string of tough opponents too. Her last five challengers ranked inside the top 50, with Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys the most notable scalps.
Whatever the result, you should enjoy the spectacle these two in-form stars going head-to-head here, but Stephens beat Azarenka in straight-sets last week at Indian Wells, and we are backing her at 6/5 to come out on top again. Expect a tight tussle though.
* All odds correct at time of posting.