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Friday Tennis Best Bet: ATP Indian Wells, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Yibing Wu

Friday Tennis Best Bet: ATP Indian Wells, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Yibing Wu
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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Yibing Wu Best Bet: Friday, March 10th

Absolutely lovely stuff from Pedro Martinez. Two larger stakes plays on Thursday and both he and Marketa Vondrousova came through!

For Friday, we’ll look at a match that is fairly closely priced in the betting markets between two entertaining young guns with explosive games as Alejandro Davidovich Fokina takes on Yibing Wu.

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March 10th, 21:30 (UK Time)

There are a few pretty good matchups on Friday, as the second round gets underway from Indian Wells. You’d be hard pressed to find one that has the potential to be as fun to watch as this one between Davidovich Fokina and Wu.

These two youngsters both possess well-rounded games and an abundance of skill.

Wu has primarily showcased his hard-court prowess in quicker conditions, but there’s no denying the former standout at the junior level is in blistering form. After winning several Challenger Tour titles last year, the young man from China picked up his maiden ATP title recently in Dallas, Texas.

He has the ability to hit with pop from both wings, moves well, has a strong serve and has the hand-eye coordination on the returns of serve that I haven’t seen from a young player in quite some time.

His consistency lacks, however, and that can be a problem on slow courts when playing someone that can extend points. Sloppy errors can put players in tough situations, and combined with his unfamiliarity with slow hard courts, that’s a major concern.

Davidovich Fokina is another guy who can dazzle crowds, with his incredible speed and court coverage and ability to hit some eye-popping shots from improbable positions.

His issue is more about not knowing when to play with more margin for error and when to go for bust. He tends to do the latter almost exclusively. His defending is exquisite, however, and his pedigree in these conditions is certainly more established than his opponent’s at this stage of their respective careers.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Yibing Wu Best Bet

While I’m generally a big fan of Wu’s game, I’m not convinced he should be getting this much respect in this particular spot.

He simply hasn’t played much professional tennis on slower hard courts. The one recent match we have to go on, he struggled mightily to hit through solid defensive play and the courts in the first round.

Davidovich Fokina has the talent to hang with Wu and deal with his groundstrokes, while being a more known commodity in these types of conditions.

For that reason, I have the Spaniard as a larger favourite than the market and will take him to win on Friday.

  • Selection: Davidovich Fokina to win
  • Best Odds: 1.85 (Pinnacle)
  • Stakes: 3/10

Odds as at 2:30 am on March 9th, 2023. Odds may now differ.

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