Indian Wells 2023 SF: Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner – Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

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Top seed Carlos Alcaraz locks horns with 11th seed Jannik Sinner in the semifinals of the 2023 Indian Wells on Saturday.

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Carlos Alcaraz in action at the 2023 Argentina Open

Carlos Alcaraz

The 19-year-old Alcaraz is yet to drop a set so far in the competition. He picked up a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win against Thanasi Kokkinakis in the round of 64. Alcaraz went on to beat the in-form Tallon Griekspoor 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the round of 32. Against Jack Draper in the round of 16, Alcaraz dominated proceedings and had a 6-2, 2-0 lead when the British youngster retired.

The 2022 US Open champion produced another solid display against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals to reach his third semifinal of the year in as many tournaments. Alcaraz defeated the Canadian No. 1 in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 with a win percentage of 81 on the first serve. Auger-Aliassime became the first player to break Alcaraz’s serve in the tournament. It shows how dominant Alcaraz has been in the competition.

Jannik Sinner

The Italian youngster began with an impressive 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) win against Richard Gasquet in the round of 64. Sinner followed it up with a gritty 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 win against Adrian Mannarino in the round of 32. Stan Wawrinka was Sinner’s opponent in the round of 16. This turned out to be a one-sided affair as Sinner won 6-1, 6-4. He saved 8 break points in the match.

Jannik Sinner (Twitter)

The 21-year-old went on to beat 4th-seeded Taylor Fritz in an intriguing quarter-final clash that ended 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Sinner had a win percentage of 81 on the first serve compared to just 69 for Fritz.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

Carlos Alcaraz has a slender 3-2 lead in the head-to-head scoreline against Jannik Sinner. The Spaniard defeated Sinner in their most recent encounter in the quarterfinals of the 2022 US Open 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz to win in three sets.

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