TennisSection previews the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Miomir Kecmanovic will face Alexei Popyrin in the First Round on Thursday October 7th, 2021.
A close match is expected as Miomir Kecmanovic and Alexei Popyrin do battle here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open, with a spot in the Second Round up for grabs. Both men are similarly placed in the rankings and have similar game styles, so a cracker of a match should be on our hands. Who has what it takes to hold their nerve and get the win here?
Miomir Kecmanovic is unseeded here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open and is ranked #63 on the ATP Tour. The Serbian youngster started the year strongly but has tailed off since, losing a shocking four out of his last six First Round matches. He broke into the top 50 recently and seemed destined for bigger things, but this poor run has suggested otherwise. There is no denying his talent and he has a very strong all-around game, but seems to lose focus very easily and has lost to people that he shouldn’t. While he is in poor form, he has a very good head to head record against his opponent Alexei Popyrin and he will be liking his chances here.
Alexei Popyrin is ranked #71 in the world and like his opponent Miomir Kecmanovic is unseeded here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open. The tall Aussie has a huge serve and forehand, and was enjoying a breakthrough season of sorts as he won the first title of his career at the Singapore Open. Other than that he has been quite underwhelming, and will be playing his first event since reaching the Third Round at the US Open a few weeks ago. Despite never beating Kecmanovic, he has matured greatly as a player and will be liking his chances of advancing here given his opponent’s struggles.
This will be the third meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with Miomir Kecmanovic leading the head to head 2-0. He won both matches on hard courts back in 2019, with similar 7-6, 6-3 score lines. This is set to be a very exciting match between two of the better young players on the ATP Tour, and it should be filled with spectacular shot making. It is difficult to choose a winner here, as Popyrin has been better this year, but Kecmanovic has never lost to the Aussie. All things considered, I am going to back the Australian youngster to win here. In my opinion he has the biggest weapon on display here in his serve-forehand one-two punch and he has proven that he can compete at this level. They have both been inconsistent, but Alexei Popyrin seems to be more focused than the Serbian and I see him winning here in three tight sets, advancing to the Second Round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alexei Popyrin to win in 3 sets
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