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Raonic vs Kecmanovic ATP Indian Wells QF predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 14 Mar 2019
  • Milos Raonic and Miomir Kecmanovic do battle for a spot in the Indian Wells Masters semi-finals on Thursday
  • Raonic is aiming for a fourth Indian Wells semi-final
  • Kecmanovic won back-to-back tour-level matches for the first time this tournament

Milos Raonic vs Miomir Kecmanovic ATP Indian Wells quarter-finals match preview, predictions and betting tips - Raonic on course to make fourth Indian Wells semi-final on the trot.

Date: Thursday March 14
Start time: 1.00pm local time (8.00pm GMT)
Court: Stadium 1

Raonic vs Kecmanovic predictions

Milos Raonic has made it to at least the semi-finals in Indian Wells Masters in his last three appearances at the tournament, including finishing runner-up in 2016 - can he make it four when he faces 19-year-old lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic in the quarter-finals on Thursday?

Draws have had a habit of opening up for Raonic over the last couple of seasons, and the big-serving Canadian is once again taking advantage in Indian Wells, advancing to the quarter-finals without having to face another seeded player. First up for Raonic was a solid 7-6(1) 6-4 victory over Sam Querrey, but he was pushed to the brink in the third round against qualifier Marcos Giron - who incidentally beat Kecmanovic in qualifying - as the American took the first set and opened up a break lead in the decider before Raonic’s experience took over and helped him to a 4-6 6-4 6-4 win. The former Wimbledon runner-up then avenged a three-set loss to Jan-Lennard Struff in Dubai a couple of weeks ago in the fourth round, beating the German 6-4 6-3 to reach another quarter-final in the Coachella Valley.

More often than not, Raonic is very good at beating players ranked below him at the biggest tournaments - and he’s the heavy favourite at 4/19 @ Betfair.

Meanwhile, If you believe Raonic has had a fortunate draw en route to the quarter-finals, then wait to you see Miomir Kecmanovic’s path to his first Masters 1000 quarter-final. As mentioned, Kecmanovic lost in the final round of qualifying to Marcos Giron, but he gained the third and final lucky loser spot after Kevin Anderson withdrew injured. The Serbian took the sixth seed’s spot in the draw as a result, earning a bye into the second round before beating Maximilian Marterer and Rio champion Laslo Djere in straight sets, along with benefitting from a retirement by Yoshihito Nishioka in the fourth round. Nishioka had earlier fought through a gruelling battle with rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime to prevail in a deciding set tiebreaker, and unfortunately for him, his back was troubling him and forced him to retire after Kecmanovic won the first set 6-4.

Kecmanovic has a nice forehand and plays his best tennis on hardcourt - he’s won two Challengers on the surface - but it’s asking a lot for him to step up and beat the former World No. 3 on Thursday, even if he’s on the run of his life at the moment. If you want to back the Serbian in for the upset, he’s at odds of 4/1 @ bet365.

Raonic vs Kecmanovic match stats

  • Raonic won their only previous meeting in straight sets in Brisbane earlier this year
  • That tournament was the only time Kecmanovic had won a tour-level match before this one
  • Raonic is aiming for a fourth semi-final at Indian Wells in his last four visits
  • Kecmanovic is playing his first Masters 1000 quarter-final

Raonic vs Kecmanovic betting tips

Set to make his top 100 debut next week (currently ranked No. 130), can Kecmanovic continue his dream run in Indian Wells? Probably not in my opinion. Raonic is a nightmare match-up for lower-ranked players - the Canadian obviously serves brilliantly, making it near impossible to break, but his return game is also strong enough to put pressure on his opponents. For a player as inexperienced at his level as Kecmanovic, that can prove daunting, especially if he drops serve early in sets. Kecmanovic will surely get many more opportunities at this level in the future, but Raonic’s somewhat fortuitous Indian Wells campaign looks set to continue into the semi-finals.

Raonic vs Kecmanovic odds

Raonic to win - 4/19 @ Betfair
Kecmanovic to win - 4/1 @ bet365

Raonic vs Kecmanovic recommended bet

Raonic to win in straight sets at 8/13 @ Betfair

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