TennisSection previews the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Sebastian Korda (32) meets Frances Tiafoe in the Second Round on Saturday October 9th, 2021.
A cracker of a match is upon us here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open as young American talents Sebastian Korda and Frances Tiafoe do battle. A spot in the Third Round is up for grabs and both players will be very eager to do well here on home soil. This is about as good as it gets for American tennis fans and one thing is for sure, a lot of exciting and flashy tennis will be on display. Who will get the win and advance to the Third Round here in California?
Sebastian Korda is ranked #40 in the world and will be seeded at an ATP-1000 event for the first time, at #40. The son of tennis legend Petr Korda, he has made a name for himself despite his young age and his career trajectory is firmly pointing up. The exciting American has been having a breakout year in 2021, winning his first title at the Parma Open and reaching the Round of 16 at Wimbledon on debut. Armed with a huge serve and punishing groundstrokes, his game is built to do well on this surface and he will be very difficult to beat here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open. However, his opponent Frances Tiafoe is also an outstanding hard court player, and will provide a stern test for Korda here.
Frances Tiafoe is unseeded here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open and is ranked just behind Sebastian Korda at #49. While he has been inconsistent this season, he has saved his best tennis for the big events, and was outstanding at both the Australian Open and in his Round of 16 run at the US Open. Equipped with a hugely explosive baseline game, there are not many players as talented as the young American but we are still waiting for him to put it all together and achieve consistent results. The hope is that his coach Wayne Ferreira will help with this, and recent signs have been positive. A straight sets win over Benoit Paire will have done wonders for his confidence and he will be backing himself to win here.
This will be be the second meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with Tiafoe winning their only meeting back in 2018 on indoor hard courts. This match is my pick of the Round Two matches, and I am expecting some exciting tennis will lots of flashy winners regardless of the outcome. Both men are capable of winning here, but I am backing Frances Tiafoe to edge this one out. There is nothing that he loves more than playing in front of a home crowd, and with recent momentum on his side, he will be very tough to beat. Sebastian Korda is a very talented player and is definitely in with a shout, but Tiafoe’s power and experience are likely to give him an edge here, and I expect him to win, advancing to the Third Round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
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