Indian Wells 2023 SF: Daniil Medvedev vs Frances Tiafoe – Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

5th seed Daniil Medvedev takes on 14th seed Frances Tiafoe in the semifinals of the 2023 Indian Wells on Saturday.

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Daniil Medvedev

The 2021 US Open champion began his Indian Wells campaign with a solid 6-4, 6-3 win against Brandon Nakashima. In the round of 32, Medvedev dominated the first and third sets against Ilya Ivashka to win the match 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

Medvedev had to show a lot of grit and determination in the round of 16 against Alexander Zverev. After dropping the first set, the Russian star won the match 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. In this encounter, Medvedev managed to save 15 break points and also smashed 12 aces. In the quarterfinals, Medvedev defeated 23rd-seeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. Medvedev had a win percentage of 85 on the first serve.

Frances Tiafoe

The 25-year-old has been in exemplary form in Indian Wells this season. He has not dropped a set so far in the competition. Tiafoe began with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win against Marcos Giron. In the round of 32, Tiafoe went on to beat Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-2. Tiafoe smashed 9 aces and converted 3 out of 3 break points.

Frances Tiafoe (Image Credit: #AusOpen Twitter)

In the round of 16, Tiafoe played some solid tennis to win the match 6-4, 6-4 against Alejandro Tabilo. Once again, Tiafoe converted 3 out of 3 break points. The American tennis pro picked up an impressive 6-4, 6-4 win against Cameron Norrie in the quarterfinals with a win percentage of 75 on the first serve. This is the first time he will be playing in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 event.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

Medvedev has a comfortable 4-1 lead in the head-to-head scoreline against Tiafoe. The Russian tennis pro defeated Tiafoe in their most recent encounter in the 2021 Miami Open 6-4, 6-3.

Prediction: Daniil Medvedev to win in three sets.

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