The men’s singles draw for the 2023 BNP Paribas Open has been made and we are set for some enthralling action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden over the next fortnight.
This year’s tournament is marked by the absence of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. However, several top players will compete in Indian Wells, and Taylor Fritz is bound to have a tough time defending his title.
The likes of Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas are strong favorites to win the 2023 BNP Paribas Open, while Andrey Rublev and reigning champion Fritz will fancy their chances. Hubert Hurkacz, Cameron Norrie, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Casper Ruud are also in the reckoning at Indian Wels.
With some exciting tennis action awaiting us, let’s take a look at how the men’s singles draw at the 2023 BNP Paribas Open could unfold.
Seeded Players: (1) Carlos Alcaraz, (8) Felix Auger-Aliassime, (9) Hubert Hurkacz, (15) Pablo Carreno Busta, (17) Tommy Paul, (24) Dan Evans, (27) Francisco Cerundolo, (31) Tallon Griekspoor
Expected Quarterfinal: Carlos Alcaraz vs Hubert Hurkacz
Analysis: Top seed Carlos Alcaraz missed the Mexican Open in Acapulco due to a hamstring strain, but will return to action at the BNP Paribas Open. Even if he isn’t at peak fitness, the Spaniard is a massive threat
Alcaraz should be able to reach the fourth round without much trouble, with potential opponents including the likes of Ben Shelton and Tallon Griekspoor. Pablo Carreno Busta could be the World No. 2’s most likely opponent in the Round of 16 but Dan Evans and Andy Murray might have something to say about that.
Paul has been in pretty good form of late, but Hurkacz’s massive serve should see him past the American and into the fourth round. Hurkacz will no doubt face a tough challenge against Auger-Aliassime, with the winner making the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinal prediction: Hubert Hurkacz def. Carlos Alcaraz
Seeded Players: (4) Taylor Fritz, (7) Holger Rune, (11) Jannik Sinner, (16) Alex de Minaur, (18) Borna Coric, (19) Lorenzo Musetti, (26) Miomir Kecmanovic, (30) Sebastian Baez
Expected Quarterfinal: Taylor Fritz vs Jannik Sinner
Analysis: Defending champion Taylor Fritz is in the second quarter of the BNP Paribas Open and will be eager to defend his title. The 25-year-old has had a few days to recover from his grueling quarterfinal against Tommy Paul in Acapulco.
Fritz could start his title defense against compatriot Ben Shelton, who has produced some promising performances in recent months. However, he should be able to beat the 20-year-old and reach the third round, where Sebastian Baez will most likely be his opponent.
Fritz should be able to get past the Argentine and book his place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. Here, he will most probably take on 16th seed Alex de Minaur, but 18th seed Borna Coric should not be written off.
Fritz vs. De Minaur promises to be an exciting encounter. The American, however, should be able to get the win to book his place in the quarterfinals.
On the other side of the draw are two talented youngsters in seventh seed Holger Rune and 11th seed Jannik Sinner. The duo will most likely square off in the fourth round.
Quarterfinal prediction: Jannik Sinner def. Taylor Fritz
Seeded Players: (3) Casper Ruud, (5) Daniil Medvedev, (12) Alexander Zverev, (13) Karen Khachanov, (22) Roberto Bautista Agut, (23) Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, (28) Botic van de Zandschulp, (29) Yoshihito Nishioka
Expected Quarterfinal: Daniil Medvedev vs Casper Ruud
Analysis: Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev is the favorite to win the BNP Paribas Open given his exquisite form. The Russian is currently on a 14-match winning streak with three successive titles to his name.
Medvedev should reach the fourth round without much trouble. Here, he will most likely take on Alexander Zverev, although Roberto Bautista Agut should not be written off.
Quarterfinal prediction: Daniil Medvedev def. Casper Ruud
Seeded Players: (2) Stefanos Tsitsipas (6) Andrey Rublev, (10) Cameron Norrie, (14) Frances Tiafoe, (20) Matteo Berrettini, (21) Grigor Dimitrov, (25) Denis Shapovalov, (32) Maxime Cressy
Expected Quarterfinal: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Andrey Rublev
Analysis: Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has started the 2023 season strongly with a 13-2 record so far. The Greek reached the Australian Open final and will be eager to win the BNP Paribas Open for the first time in his career.
Quarterfinal prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Andrey Rublev
Hubert Hurkacz def. Jannik Sinner
Daniil Medvedev def. Stefanos Tsitsipas
Daniil Medvedev def. Hubert Hurkacz