TennisSection previews the 2023 Indian Wells Masters as Daniil Medvedev takes on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarterfinal on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Will Daniil Medvedev get the win? Will Alejandro Davidovich Fokina pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have the tournament favorite taking on an unpredictable opponent in his bid for a first semifinal appearance at Indian Wells. Who will triumph and move through to the semifinals at the 2023 Indian Wells Masters?
Daniil Medvedev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Match Preview
Daniil Medvedev came through in an epic against Alexander Zverev, taking the lead in their rivalry to 7-6. He had to overcome not just a high level from the German, but an ankle injury to fight back and take the win 6-7 7-6 7-5. As he takes on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarterfinals, he’ll know that despite how it looks on paper, he has a very tough opponent ahead of him. The Spaniard plays well in these conditions, and although Medvedev will have several things going for him, several things will be going against him as well, and we’ll need to take particular attention to his ankle. Let’s see if the man of the moment can take his streak to 18 matches in a row and book a place in the final four of the 2023 Indian Wells Masters.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina got a solid win over Cristian Garin, taking him out 6-3 6-4 in a relatively straightforward fashion to book an anticipated meeting with Daniil Medvedev. In order to win this match, he must play aggressively. Though Medvedev was extremely impressive today, we saw that he still doesn’t like playing on this court and that the physicality of this match may really come into play, at the same time, Davidovich Fokina hasn’t played one match on Stadium 1 yet while Medvedev has played all his matches there, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Spaniard is able to adapt to the conditions and play the aggressive game plan that is almost required if you want a shot at taking out Medvedev, but there’s no better conditions to do so than here at the 2023 Indian Wells Masters.
Daniil Medvedev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Prediction and Pick
Daniil Medvedev and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have met twice before, with Daniil Medvedev leading the head to head 2-0. Though Medvedev won both meetings, they did both go 3 sets. Granted, one meeting was on clay and Medvedev still won, and the other was actually the very first match of Medvedev’s current win streak. In that particular match though, Medvedev was playing quite poorly from what we would go on to see from him since then. Though Davidovich Fokina has the game to challenge Medvedev, with the serving ability of the Russian along with his ability to play a more aggressive game as we’ve seen against Zverev, I expect him to extend his winning streak and book a spot in the semifinals of the 2023 Indian Wells Masters.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Daniil Medvedev in 2 sets
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