Obviously, there are a glut of matches today and tomorrow in the desert. Here are my quick picks (Winners in Bold):
Gilles Simon (13) vs. Dudi Sela
Andy Murray (4) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
Kevin Anderson (29) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber
Viktor Troicki (25) vs. Ryan Harrison – This one could go either way, but I think Harrison may have a few bumps on his climb up the rankings ladder.
Kei Nishikori (17) vs. Santiago Giraldo
John Isner (11) vs. Frederico Gil
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Andrey Golubev
Andy Roddick (30) vs. Lukasz Kubot – I think Roddick rides whatever momentum an exhibition can provide.
Mardy Fish (8) vs. Andreas Seppi – Davis Cup seems a long time ago for both Fish and Isner, but I think Fish rebounds a bit in Indian Wells.
Juan Monaco (22) vs. Nicolas Mahut – This could go either way, and these are two of the easier players to pull for on tour.
Florian Mayer (18) vs. Pablo Andujar – Throwing in an upset
Julien Benneteau (32) vs. Matthew Ebden
Nicolas Almagro (12) vs. Sam Querrey – Almagro is playing well enough that I think he is a roadblock to Sam’s comeback path.
Richard Gasquet (16) vs. Albert Ramos – I am not sure that Gasquet will lose here, but I think he fails to live up to his seeding so I am picking against him early.
Tomas Berdych (7) vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky
Stanislas Wawrinka (23) vs. Robby Ginepri – I like Stan and Robby, but I think Stan has too much game, but it is nice to Ginepri back in the mix.
So far I have only missed on two (one being a walk-over). 11 out of 13 so far