The seventh day of men’s singles main draw action at the 2023 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday (March 14) will feature all eight fourth-round matches. A total of eleven seeds and two qualifiers will be in action.
On Monday, the likes of defending champion Taylor Fritz, top seed Carlos Alcaraz, Stan Wawrinka and Jack Draper booked their place in the pre-quarterfinals. They respectively beat Sebastian Baez, Tallon Griekspoor, Holger Rune and Andy Murray.
Without further ado, here’s a look at how the eight fourth-round matches at the BNP Paribas Open could pan out:
#1 Daniil Medvedev vs Alexander Zverev
Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev takes on 12th seed Alexander Zverev in a heavyweight fourth-round clash at the BNP Paribas Open.
World No. 6 Medvedev (21-2) is unbeaten in 16 matches following two wins this week. Meanwhile, the 14th-ranked Zverev is now 8-7 in 2023. The pair is tied 6-6, but the in-form Russian should take this one.
Prediction: Medvedev in three sets
#2 Taylor Fritz (defending BNP Paribas Open champion) vs Marton Fucsovics
Fourth seed Taylor Fritz will continue his title defence at the BNP Paribas Open against Marton Fucsovics.
The fifth-ranked Fritz (16-4) has won nine of his last ten matches, while Fucsovics is 6-4 on the season. The pair haven’t met before, but Fritz should emerge victorious.
Prediction: Fritz in straight sets
#3 Carlos Alcaraz vs Jack Draper
Top seed Carlos Alcaraz takes on Jack Draper for a place in the last eight.
World No. 2 Alcaraz has lost only once in 11 matches this year, while the 56th-ranked Draper is 7-3 in 2023. The Spaniard took their lone meeting at 2022 Basel and should win again.
Prediction: Alcaraz in straight sets
#4 Frances Tiafoe vs Alejandro Tabilo
Fourteenth seed Frances Tiafoe takes on qualifier Alejandro Tabilo for a place in the last eight at the BNP Paribas Open.
World No. 16 Tiafoe is 12-3 in 2023, while the 187th-ranked Tabilo improved to 3-2 with a trio of wins this week. The pair hasn’t met before, but Tiafoe should prevail.
Prediction: Tiafoe in three sets
#5 Tommy Paul vs Felix Auger-Aliassime
Seventeenth seed Tommy Paul will lock horns with seventh seed Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the last eight.
The 19th-ranked Paul is off to a 14-4 start to the season, while Auger-Aliassime is 10-5. The American should take this first-time matchup.
Prediction: Paul in three sets
#6 Andrey Rublev vs Cameron Norrie
Sixth seed Andrey Rublev will take on tenth seed Cameron Norrie in one of the highly anticipated fourth-round clashes at the BNP Paribas Open.
The seventh-ranked Rublev is 11-6 for the year, while Norrie – who has won 12 of his last 13 matches – is 20-3. The pair has split their two previous outdoor hardcourt meetings, but the in-form Norrie should take this one.
Prediction: Norrie in three sets
#7 Jannik Sinner vs Stan Wawrinka
Eleventh seed Jannik Sinner takes on Stan Wawrinka for a place in the BNP Paribas quarterfinals.
The 13th-ranked Sinner is now 14-3 on the season, while World No. 100 Wawrinka is 9-5 with three wins this week. The pair has split their four previous meetings, but Wawrinka should take this one.
#8 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Cristian Garin
Twenty-third seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina takes on qualifier Cristian Garin to complete the last-eight lineup.
World No. 28 Fokina is 9-6 in 2023, while the 97th-ranked Garin is 6-5. The pair has split their two previous meetings, but the Spaniard should prevail here.
Prediction: Fokina in straight sets