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Jack Sock v Feliciano Lopez ATP Indian Wells predictions, betting tips & live stream: Lopez to upset Sock

Leye Aduloju 13 Mar 2018
  • Jack Sock vs Feliciano Lopez is live from Indian Wells on Tuesday, 13 March from 7:00pm local time/ Wednesday, 14 March from 3:00am DST
  • Sock leads the head-to-head 2-1
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Jack Sock. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Jack Sock seeks back-to-back wins for the first time this season when he takes on Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Sock’s start to the season has sharply contrasted his excellent opening to the previous campaign. Before Indian Wells 2017, the American had won tournaments in Auckland and Delray Beach, and had reached the third round of the Australian Open, but he came into the 2018 tournament having won just one match all year.

Sock went on to complete a career-best season in 2017, winning his first Masters 1000 title in Paris, and reaching the semi-finals of the World Tour Finals to secure a year-end top-ten finish for the first time in his career.

Finding the consistency to defend all those points was always likely to be a challenge, and Sock hasn’t handled it well in the opening months of the season. His only win prior to Indian Wells was against John Patrick-Smith at Delray Beach, while he fell at the opening rounds in Auckland, the Australian Open and Acapulco. Despite his poor form, he has somehow maintained his top-ten ranking, but another early exit at Indian Wells, where he reached the semi-finals last season, will certainly cost him a spot in that elite group. Sock will definitely drop out of the top-ten should he fail to make the quarter finals, and even that may not be good enough, depending on results elsewhere.

The 25-year-old opened his Indian Wells campaign with a 7-5 6-2 victory over Italian, Thomas Fabbiano, registering just his second win of the season- can he secure consecutive wins for the first time this year when he tackles Spanish veteran, Feliciano Lopez in Tuesday’s second-round meeting?

Lopez is looking to reach the fourth round for the fourth time in five years- he got that far for three straight seasons between 2014 and 2016 (including making a career-best quarter final in 2015), but that run was halted by Dusan Lajovic, who stopped the left-hander in R2 last season.

Feliciano Lopez. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
That defeat was part of a 2-9 run at the start of last season, as Lopez struggled for wins in the opening quarter of the year, but he picked up the pace as the season switched to clay, reaching the third round at Roland Garros, and fared even better on grass, reaching the Stuttgart final before claiming his first and only title of the year at Queen’s. Lopez’s grass-court form naturally made him a dark horse for a deep run at Wimbledon, but he unfortunately retired from his opening match at the All England Club against Adrian Mannarino.

The Spaniard did not make any significant moves for the rest of the year, but he was still good enough to finish the year at No. 36- the eighth straight year he would end the season inside the top 40. Lopez has made a steady start to the new season, highlighted by quarter finals in Sydney and Acapulco, and he opened his Indian Wells campaign with a 6-4 6-3 victory over American, Ernesto Escobedo.

Lopez scored a straight-sets win over Sock in their first ever meeting back in 2013, but Sock has won the other two- Shanghai in 2016 and Houston in 2017. Both matches went three sets.
Lopez is certainly playing the better tennis at the moment, and with his big lefty serves and forehand into Sock’s weaker backhand, an efficient slice backhand and his forecourt skills, he will give an uncertain Sock plenty of trouble. There is a very good chance of the upset here!

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Jack Sock v Feliciano Lopez ATP Indian Wells predictions, betting tips & live stream: Lopez to upset Sock

Jack Sock takes on Feliciano Lopez in the third round of Indian Wells on Tuesday. Can Sock get consecutive wins for the first time this season? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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