Stan Wawrinka is 13/2 to claim his first Indian Wells title after progressing to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.
The Swiss third seed eased past Phillip Kohlschreiber 7-5 6-3 in just an hour and 18 minutes to set up a showdown with Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.
Wawrinka’s half of the draw is wide open after the shock early exit of world number one Andy Murray and he will be eyeing just a second Masters 1000 title at the end of the week.
His best performance at this venue was two quarter-final appearances in 2008 and 2011 but the 31-year-old is satisfied with his form.
He said: “It was a really good match. I'm very happy. I was serving well. I think I'm moving better and better, and it's all positive so far.”
Wawrinka will be up against lucky loser Nishioka for the first time after the Japanese saved one match point before beating Czech Tomas Berdych 1-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.
The three-time Grand Slam champion is 9/50 to win and 3/5 to brush aside Nishioka in straight sets while 3/1 is on offer for him to win in a decider.
Nishioka, 21, ranked 70 in the world, is 27/10 to take the first set and 4/1 to produce a shock.
Wawrinka added: “It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be the first time we’re going to be against each other. I’m sure it’s going to be a good match.”
Eighth seed Dominic Thiem dropped just five games in a 6-1 6-4 success over Mischa Zverev and now faces Frenchman Gael Monfils, who got the better of John Isner 6-2 6-4 in an entertaining clash.
Belgian David Goffin defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to set up a showdown with Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay while Murray's second-round conqueror Vasek Pospisil returned to earth with a bump as he was beaten 6-7 (7/4) 6-3 7-5 by Dusan Lajovic.