Karen Khachanov vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Pick – Tennis Predictions & Odds 3/12/23
Karen Khachanov vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
March 12, 2023 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Karen Khachanov -140 / Alejandro Davidovich Fokina +100
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Karen Khachanov will meet Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Third Round of the 2023 Indian Wells Masters. The match will be played on Sunday March 12th, 2023.
Karen Khachanov is the 13th seed here at the Indian Wells Masters and is ranked 15th in the world. The Russian received a bye in the First Round and then faced Oscar Otte in the Second Round. After racing to an early lead he squandered quite a few opportunities to close the match out, and this is something that he will have to improve on against the dangerous Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The Spaniard is a very dangerous player who is not likely to give Khachanov as many free points as Otte did.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is seeded 23rd here at the 2023 Indian Wells Masters and is ranked 25th on the ATP Tour. The Spaniard is a very dangerous all-around player on all surfaces and he has started strongly here, defeating Yibing Yu 6-4, 6-1 in the Second Round. The First set was a bit closer than he would have liked, but he was able to show his quality and fighting spirit when it mattered during the close points.
This should be a very close match and it really can go either way. Both men are outstanding players and this should be thrilling to watch. However, when picking a winner, Khachanov was the obvious choice to me. He has more big match experience, and his firepower should make the difference here. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is as versatile as they come and will likely frustrate the Russian at times, but I am backing him to overpower the Spaniard and come away with a hard fought victory, likely in three sets.