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Juan Martin del Potro v David Ferrer ATP Indian Wells predictions, betting tips & live stream: Del Potro to complete hat-trick of wins over Ferrer in 2018

Andrew Hendrie 13 Mar 2018
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs David Ferrer is live from Indian Wells around 2.00pm local time on Tuesday (9.00pm GMT)
  • Del Potro has won their last four meetings, including twice already in 2018
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Juan Martin del Potro (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Potro continues his quest for a first ATP Masters 1000 title when he takes on former World No. 3 David Ferrer in the BNP Paribas Open third round in Indian Wells on Tuesday.

Watch and bet on del Potro vs Ferrer live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis. Their third round clash begins around 2.00pm local time on Tuesday (9.00pm GMT).

Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro and 29th seed David Ferrer clash for the third time this season as the pair battle it out for a place in the Indian Wells Masters Round of 16 on Tuesday. Del Potro has emerged triumphant on both occasions in 2018, levelling the overall head-to-head with his Spanish rival at 6-6, winning the last four meetings for the loss of just one set. That one dropped set came a couple of weeks ago in Acapulco, with del Potro going on to win the title. Can Ferrer turn the tables or is del Potro set for a fifth straight win? Del Potro and Ferrer take to court around 2.00pm local time on Tuesday (9.00pm GMT).

With his confidence sky-high after beating three top 10 players in a row to claim his 21st career title at the ATP 500 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, del Potro registered his sixth consecutive victory on Monday night in Indian Wells, crushing teenage Australian wildcard Alex de Minaur for the loss of just three games. Del Potro was in complete control of the contest from start to finish, bullying de Minaur from the baseline with his bludgeoning groundstrokes and serving out of a tree as he completed a 6-2 6-1 win in just 69 minutes.

“I played very aggressively in my returning games. I served well, and I think I played better than I expected before the match,” del Potro said. “I'm still working on my backhand a lot. It's much better than a few months ago. I still need to improve if I want to hit hard and play down the line or crosscourt or whatever I like. But I'm using a lot of slices, drop shots, and I mix it up all the time, and that's good for my game.”

Del Potro has played some great tennis in Indian Wells over the years, reaching the semi-finals in 2011 before finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2013 after initially beating Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in gruelling three-set battles. He missed the 2014 and 2015 editions after undergoing multiple wrist surgeries and returned in 2016, falling to Tomas Berdych in the second round. Del Potro was handed a tough early draw for the second year running last season, coming up against Novak Djokovic in the third round - falling to the Serbian for the second straight tournament after also suffering a loss in Acapulco.

However, due to some outstanding results towards the tail-end of 2017, most notably semi-finals at the U.S. Open and Shanghai Rolex Masters, along with defending his Stockholm title and finishing runner-up in Basel, del Potro has climbed back into the top 10 for the first time since 2014 and as a result, will avoid running into big names until deep into the tournament. Although, while he’s clearly lost a step over the last couple of years, you could argue David Ferrer is certainly a one of those aforementioned big names.

David Ferrer (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
A former World No. 3 and winner of 27 ATP titles - along with reaching the French Open final in 2013 and winning the Paris Masters in 2012 - Ferrer has been one of the best tennis players in the world since the turn of the century and is arguably the greatest active player to have never won a Grand Slam title, and as he prepares to turn 36 in under a month’s time, the tenacious Spaniard is still battling away on tour as he tries to add more silverware to his trophy cabinet and score some marquee wins.

Ferrer’s ranking has naturally dropped over the last two or so years - it’s impossible for a man with his game style to remain near the top of the tennis mountain as he approaches his late 30s - but the Spaniard was still able to secure some eye-catching results in 2017, including winning his first title since 2015 on the clay of Bastad and reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final since 2015 as he advanced to the last four in Cincinnati.

With his ranking dropping to as low as No. 46 in the world last year, Ferrer is back up to No. 33 and seeded 29th at Indian Wells after making the semi-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland at the start to the year, where his run was ended by del Potro. Ferrer would lose his next three matches to members of the ATP’s ‘Next Gen’ - Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open, Karen Khachanov in Montpellier and Alexander Zverev in Rotterdam - but he gained revenge over Rublev in Acapulco before losing to del Potro again, while he opened his account in Indian Wells with a straight sets win over Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren.

Ferrer won six of the first eight matches he contested against del Potro, but it’s no surprise the Argentine has been able to get the upper hand in this rivalry in recent years, with the Spaniard’s natural decline in movement meaning he’s not getting as many balls back as before. Del Potro has already secured two victories over Ferrer this season on hardcourt, and with his current rich vein of form, I expect him to post another win on Tuesday.


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Juan Martin del Potro v David Ferrer ATP Indian Wells predictions, betting tips & live stream: Del Potro to complete hat-trick of wins over Ferrer in 2018

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