TennisSection previews the 2023 Indian Wells Masters as Andy Murray takes on Jack Draper in the third round on Monday, March 13, 2023.
Will Andy Murray conjure yet more magic at the 2023 Indian Wells Masters? Or will Jack Draper stop his compatriot in his tracks and continue to break new ground on the ATP Tour? It is a match that pits the standard bearer of British tennis against his potential successor. Who will come out on top?
Andy Murray vs. Jack Draper Match Preview
Even in this most peculiar season of his career, Andy Murray found the funny side of his latest win at the Indian Wells Masters. After beating Radu Albot 6-4 6-3 on Saturday, Murray tweeted just how satisfying it was to win a match in straight sets and he had actually forgotten how it felt like. It was the first time this season the Briton had won the match without the drama of a deciding set. Next up for him is the small matter of rising star Jack Draper in a match we could very well see the passing of the baton in British men’s tennis.
Jack Draper, meanwhile, looks in terrific form at the Indian Wells Masters after notching another dominant win, this time against compatriot Dan Evans. Draper outmuscled the one-handed Evans by breaking him four times in the match. The 21-year-old was also clutch in saving break points on his own serve, nullifying 10 of 11 break points to record his second straight sets win of the week.
Andy Murray vs. Jack Draper Prediction and Pick
Andy Murray and Jack Draper have not clashed on the ATP Tour. Monday’s match at the Indian Wells Masters will be their first official meeting. For nearly two decades, Murray has been the flag bearer of British men’s tennis, and he has done a commendable job both on and off the court. His work rate and dedication even after undergoing a career-threatening hip surgery have been superb. This season, he is not leaving any stone unturned. But Draper’s game has exploded immensely in the past 18 months and looks like a solid bet to have a great first full season at Tour level. Expect the younger and fresh legs of Draper to outrun Murray.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Jack Draper in 2 sets
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