Indian Wells Masters Betting Tips and Predictions, as the world’s best players gather for the first Masters event of the season. This tournament was established in 1974, and this year’s event will be the 44th edition of the tournament. The Indian Wells Masters is a part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, and it’s played on outdoor hardcourts. The tournament is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, in the United States. The 2019 tournament will feature a 96-man field competing for a prize pot of just under £5 million. The winner will receive just over £1 million, as well as 1000 ranking points, while the runner-up will receive a consolation prize of a little over £500,000.
Argentine ace Juan Martin del Potro is this year’s defending champion, following the Argentine’s stunning comeback twelve months ago to beat Roger Federer in the final. The Indian Wells Masters is also the first event in the ‘Sunshine Double’ run. The ‘Sunshine Double’ is when a player wins both the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Masters in the same season. The feat has been achieved by seven men over the years, with Roger Federer being the most recent to achieve it, as he did it for the third-time in his career back in 2017. Who will come through to win the first Masters event of the season?
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the current joint-record holders for most Indian Wells Masters titles won with five a piece. Roger Federer won this title for the first time in 2004, while he was most recently crowned champion back in 2017. Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, was champion here for the first time in 2008, while he mostly recently lifted this title back in 2016. These two will both be here this year looking to win a record-breaking sixth title. Spaniard Rafael Nadal is the only other former champion in this year’s field, with Nadal looking to win this title for a fourth time in 2019. The Spaniard has won this title three-times over the years, back in 2007, 2009 and 2013. Meanwhile, American great Andre Agassi was the last American to win this title on home soil, as he won this title for the only time in his career in 2001. In a strong field, will a former champion once again reign supreme in Indian Wells?
Last 5 Champions
2018 – Juan Martin del Potro
2017 – Roger Federer
2016 – Novak Djokovic
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Novak Djokovic
The Masters 1000 events are compulsory events for the players, and so they almost always produce extremely strong fields. This year is no different, and we should expect to see all of the world’s top-32 in action this week. Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro is set to be the most notable absentee from this year’s field, following the Argentine’s decision to pull out of the tournament. Last year’s champion has only just returned from a long-term injury, and he didn’t think he was physically ready to play this week. Meanwhile, the inform Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will also be absent this week, with the Frenchman missing due to health reasons.
Last year’s quarter-finalist Hyeon Chung has withdrawn from a third consecutive tournament this season due to injury, while 2009 quarter-finalist Fernando Verdasco has also withdrawn from this year’s tournament. Frenchman Richard Gasquet continues to be missing, as he’s still recovering from a groin surgery that has kept him out all season, while Aljaz Bedene has also had to withdraw this week. Vasek Pospisil, meanwhile, is the other player to have withdrawn this week, as the Canadian ace is recovering from a surgical microdiscectomy that has kept him from playing so far this season. Meanwhile, 2009 Indian Wells runner-up Andy Murray will also be absent this week, as he’s recently had hip surgery in the hopes of saving his career. In an extremely strong field, who will be the strongest of the bunch to win the 2019 Indian Wells Masters?
Notable Absentees (Rankings)
Juan Martin del Potro (4)
Richard Gasquet (27)
World number one Novak Djokovic will make his return to the tennis court this week, following a few weeks off after winning the Australian Open title in January. The Serbian ace continued his fantastic form from the last six months of last season, as he swept aside the field to win a record-breaking seventh Australian Open title. Djokovic not only beat rival Rafael Nadal in the final, but he swept aside his great rival with minimal fuss. It was a dominant performance that saw Djokovic win his 15th grand slam title. The Serbian ace is a former five-time champion of this event, a joint-record, and so he’ll have his sights set on breaking that record this week. The world number one will also be looking to win a record-equalling 33rd Masters title this week, as he looks to tie Rafael Nadal’s current record. The Serbian ace is playing on another level to the rest of the field right now, and he’ll undoubtedly be the man to beat this week. Can Novak Djokovic win a 2nd title of 2019?
Rafael Nadal has endured a difficult start to the new season, and it’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back this week. The Spanish great was returning from an injury at the start of the year, and he produced a fabulous run on his return to reach the Australian Open final. However, he suffered a heavy defeat in that final to Novak Djokovic, and that will have hurt him. Nadal was also stunned last week at the Mexico Open, as he was beaten by an inspired Nick Kyrgios. The Spanish ace should’ve won the match, having has numerous break and even match points throughout, but somehow he managed to lose it. These two losses to Djokovic and Kyrgios so far this season are sure to have hurt a mental impact on Nadal, and so it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how he reacts. Rafael Nadal does, however, have a good record at this tournament, and he’s coming here as a former three-time champion of this event. This is also the Masters event in which Nadal has his best winning percentage of any hardcourt Masters event, winning 83% of his matches here. The thirty-three time Masters champion is also coming here on a ten-match winning streak in Masters events, as well as having won 17 of his last 18 Masters matches. Rafael Nadal will be looking to win a 34th Masters title, but will he be mentally and physically capable of doing so?
Roger Federer will be in confident spirits this week, following his triumph in Dubai last week that saw him claim his 100th ATP single’s title. The Swiss ace won his first title of the season in Dubai, and so he’ll be coming here full of momentum. Federer has a great record at this tournament, and he’s coming into this tournament at the joint-record holder for most titles won here with five. The Swiss ace was most recently successful here back in 2017, while he was the beaten finalist here twelve months ago. This is the Masters event in which Federer has picked up the most wins in his career, and he’s coming here with a 62-12 record at this event. The twenty-seven-time Masters champion has also reached at least the final here in his last four appearances at this tournament. Federer is 8-1 on the ATP Tour so far this season, with his only defeat coming in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Can Roger Federer win a record-breaking 6th Indian Wells title?
Japanese ace Kei Nishikori started the season in great form, but he has suffered a couple of disappointing results in recent weeks. The former US Open champion is 12-3 so far this season, which includes winning his first eight match of the season. Nishikori won his first title in three years when he won the Brisbane title in January, while he’s also reached the latter stages of other tournaments this year. The world number seven has, however, lost two of his last three matches, and so he’s been struggling a bit in recent weeks. The twenty-nine-year-old is also coming into his second worst Masters event when it comes to winning percentage. The Japanese ace has only won 53% of his matches at this tournament, with his best result here being a couple of quarter-final appearances in 2016 and 2017. Nishikori has reached the quarter-final stage in his last two Masters events, as well as his last two appearances here, and so he’s in decent Masters form right now. Can Kei Nishikori continue his strong start to the season by winning his first Masters title?
Alexander Zverev is coming here on the back of reaching the final in Acapulco, and so he’s in good form right now. The German ace had struggled with injuries in the opening weeks of the season, but that seems to be behind him now and he’ll be looking to build on his run to that final in Acapulco. Zverev is a three-time Masters champion, most recently in Madrid last year, and so he’s got the pedigree coming here this week. However, Indian Wells has actually proved to be one of Zverev’s worst Masters events, and he holds only a 4-3 record here, including losing in his first match here last season. Nonetheless, Zverev has proved over the last couple of seasons that he’s one of the players to beat at these events, and he’s more than capable of going all the way over the next ten days or so.
Twenty-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas has broken into the world’s top ten for the very first time this week, thanks to a fantastic start to the new season. The Greek ace has been sensational so far this year, and he’s coming into this event having reached at least the quarter-final stage in all but one of his tournaments so far this season. Tsitsipas is 15-5 in all this year, which includes his run to the Open 13 title in Marseille, as well as reaching his first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open. The Next Gen champion also reached the Dubai final this past week, and so he’s in good form right now. The Greek ace reached his first Masters final at the Canadian Masters last year, while he reached the second round here last season. Stefanos Tsitsipas should be full of confidence right now and he should use that to his advantage this week, but will he be able to go all the way and win a first Masters title?
Frenchman Gael Monfils has started the season in great form, and he’s definitely one of the players to beat this week. Monfils is 12-3 so far this year, with his best run of the season being his title-winning run in Rotterdam. The 2016 US Open semi-finalist also reached the semi-finals in Dubai this past week, and so he’s in good form coming here. However, this has been arguably Monfils’ worst Masters event over the years, reaching only one quarter-final here, and holding a 10-10 record at this event. The three-time Masters finalist has struggled at Masters events in general over the last two seasons, reaching the fourth round at a Masters tournament just once in 2017 and 2018 combined. Despite this recent poor record at Masters events, Monfils is in fantastic form right now, and he’s definitely a player the top ranked players will be looking to avoid in the draw. Can Gael Monfils continue his great start to the season by winning his first Indian Wells title?
Daniil Medvedev is another player to have made a great start to 2019, and he’s coming into this tournament with a 13-4 record so far in 2019. The Russian ace began the year by reaching the final in Brisbane, while he also claimed the Sofian Open title last month. Medvedev has, however, lost his last two matches, and so he’s going through his first sticky patch of the year. The Russian ace is also yet to make a breakthrough at one of these Masters events, with his best run at one of these event being a couple of third round appearances, including here twelve months ago. The twenty-three-year-old has won four titles over the last fourteen months, and so he’s starting to winning titles regularly. Medvedev is one of the players to watch this week, but will he have enough to beat the world’s very best?
Kevin Anderson has struggled with injuries for a large part of the year so far, but he’s still one of the very best players about. The South African ace began the year by winning the Maharashtra Open in January, and so he’s already won a title this year. However, Anderson has struggled with injuries since then, and he’s set to make his first appearance since his Australian Open defeat back in January. The South African ace has reached the quarter-finals here over the years, including last year, and so he’ll be confident of his chances this week. Dominc Thiem, meanwhile, has made a poor start to the year, and so he’ll be looking to bounce back this week. The Austrian ace is 3-4 so far this season, including being 1-2 on a hardcourt. Thiem is also coming to an event in which he’s only ever reached one quarter-final, back in 2017, and so he doesn’t exactly have tonnes of great memories from this event. However, Thiem did reach the semi-finals at his last Masters event in Paris, and so he should take confidence from that run. Will either of these two claim a first Masters title this week?
Nick Kyrgios was back to his best this past week, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Australian ace has really struggled over the last twelve months, but he put together a sensational run in Acapulco this past week to win the Mexico Open. The former Wimbledon quarter-finalist beat the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Alexander Zverev en route to the title, and so it was some accomplishment by the twenty-three-year-old. Kyrgios reached the quarter-finals here on his last appearance in 2017, and so he’s performed well here in the past. Nick Kyrgios has showed the tennis world this past week that he’s still capable of beating the very best in the world, but will he be consistent enough to win back-to-back titles?
Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic are both former beaten finalists here in Indian Wells, and so both are more than capable of enjoying a good run here. Stan Wawrinka was the beaten finalist here on his last appearance in 2017, while this is actually the Masters event in which he has his highest win percentage, at 69%. The three-time grand slam title has made a decent start to the new season, including a run to the Rotterdam final, while he was beaten in the quarter-finals of the Mexico Open this past week. Milos Raonic, meanwhile, was the beaten finalist here back in 2016, while he’s also reached at least the semi-final stage at this tournament in his last three appearances here. Raonic has picked up the most Masters victories in his career at this Masters event, holding a 19-7 record here, and so he likes it here. The Canadian ace is 7-4 so far in 2019, although he is coming here having lost three of his last four matches. Will either of these two avenge the final defeats they’ve suffered here by winning this title for the very first time?
Borna Coric enjoyed a much-needed semi-final run in Dubai this past week, and he’ll be hoping that will prove to be the catalyst to push on for the rest of the year. The Croatian ace produced a number of battling performances to reach that semi-final, including a couple from a set down, and that will have been extremely pleasing for the twenty-two-year-old. Coric reached his first Masters final last season, reaching it in Shanghai back in October. The Shanghai finalist also reached the semi-finals here twelve months ago, and so he’s going to be looking to achieve an even better result than that this week. Coric has proved over the last year that he’s capable of achieving good results at Masters events, and so he’ll be looking to do so once again here. Can Borna Coric back-up his semi-final run in Dubai with an even better one here?
Tomas Berdych and Roberto Bautista-Agut have both made strong starts to the season, and both will fancy their chances this week. Tomas Berdych is 12-5 thus far in 2019, which includes a run to the final in Qatar back in January. The thirty-three-year-old holds a 22-14 record at this tournament, which includes reaching a couple of quarter-finals, as well as a semi-final appearance back in 2013. Berdych has struggled here in recent years, however, and he hasn’t been past the fourth round since 2015. Meanwhile, Roberto Bautista-Agut has had a fantastic start to the new season, and he began it by winning the Qatar Open title, defeating Berdych in that final. The Spanish ace is 11-2 in all this year, which also includes a run to a first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. Bautista-Agut doesn’t hold a particularly great record at this event, with his best showing being a fourth round appearance in 2014, while he’s been beaten in the third round here for the past four seasons. Can either these two continue their bright starts to the season and win a first Indian Wells title?
Marin Cilic’s season is yet to get going, and so he’ll be hoping it happens here. The Croatian ace reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, although he wasn’t fully fit and that has impacted his form so far this year. Cilic was also beaten in the opening round in Dubai, and so he’s coming here on a two-match losing streak. This event has also proved to be Cilic’s worst hardcourt Masters event over the years, reaching just the one quarter-final, as well as holding a disappointing losing 10-11 record here. Nonetheless, Cilic won the Cincinnati Masters title back in 2016, while he’s also a former grand slam champion, and so he’s more than capable of winning this title. Can Marin Cilic finally get his year going, or will the Croatian’s struggles here continue this season?
Russian hopeful Karen Khachanov has made an extremely disappointing start to the new season, and so he’ll be a player looking to kick-start his season this week. The twenty-two-year-old in 2-5 so far this season, which includes losing his last four matches straight, and so he’s desperate for a win right now. Unfortunately for Khachanov, he’s not coming to a happy hunting ground, as he holds a disappointing 1-2 record at this event. Despite this, Khachanov is actually the last player to win a Masters event, as he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final back in November. The Russian ace will need to draw inspiration from that title-winning run this week, and if he does he’s more than capable of challenging for this title. Can Karen Khachanov win back-to-back Masters titles?
John Isner will be leading the charge of Americans looking to become the first American to win this title on home soil since Andre Agassi back in 2001, and he’s in good form right now. The Miami Masters champion reached the final here back in 2012, although he hasn’t been past the fourth round here since reaching the semi-finals in 2014. The American holds a 65% win rate at this tournament, his second best of any Masters event, and so he produces some of his best tennis here. The Wimbledon semi-finalist has reached the semi-finals at his last three tournaments, and so he’ll be looking to finally reach a first final of the season this week. Meanwhile, American youngster Frances Tiafoe reached his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open in January, and so he’s another player capable of going on a good run this week. In what is shaping up to be a fantastic line-up this week, who will wind up lifting the Indian Wells title in 2019?
I can’t bet against Novak Djokovic right now; the guy is playing on another level to the rest of the field. The Serbian ace has only tasted one defeat so far this season, back at the Qatar Open at the beginning of January, and he’s coming here on the back of winning his 15th grand slam title at the Australian Open. The Serbian ace has dominated the tour for the last eight months or so, and he rarely looks like losing a match these days. Djokovic will also have his eye on some records this week, as he looks to win a record-breaking 6th Indian Wells title, as well as a record-equalling 33rd Masters title. The world number one has struggled here over the last couple of years, but he was struggling physically and mentally at those periods, while he now looks to be in the perfect place in terms of both. Djokovic holds a fantastic 49-8 record at this tournament, the most victories he’s picked up at any Masters event, and so he clearly produces some of his very best tennis here. Novak Djokovic to win a record-breaking 6th Indian Wells title in 2019.
Roger Federer holds a fantastic record at this event, and with the form he showed last week in Dubai, I think he has another memorable year here in 2019. The Swiss ace is the joint-record holder for most titles won at this event with five, and so he knows how to get the job done at this tournament. The Swiss ace has also reached at least the final in his last four appearances here, and so an early defeat at this tournament is rare for the Swiss great. Federer is also full of confidence right now, after he won the 100th single’s title of his ATP career last week, and as the that tournament went on he looked to get better and better. The former world number one has also been handed a pretty good draw this week. Roger Federer is in form, holds a fantastic record here and has a decent draw, and I think he’s on course to reach yet another final here at Indian Wells.