Indian Wells 2023: Andrey Rublev vs Jiri Lehecka – Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

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6th seed Andrey Rublev takes on the talented Jiri Lehecka in the round of 64 of the 2023 Indian Wells on Friday.

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev

The Russian youngster might not have won a title so far this season but he has played some fantastic tennis. He didn’t have a great start, losing in the first round in the Adelaide International 1. He was the top-seeded player in the Adelaide International 2 but he couldn’t progress beyond the second round. Rublev made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the second time in his career. After a first-round exit in ATP Rotterdam Open, Rublev reached the quarterfinals in Qatar where he lost to Lehecka.

Rublev followed it up with a run to the finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships. He was comprehensively beaten by compatriot Daniil Medvedev in the final.

Jiri Lehecka

The 21-year-old has also had a fine season thus far. He made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. This was the first time he made it to the quarterfinals at a major. Lehecka followed it up with a run to the semifinals in the qatar Open.

Jiri Lehecka

The Czech No. 1 faced Arthur Rinderknech in the round of 128 in Indian Wells. Lehecka had to dig deep to win the match in two competitive sets 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Rinderknech didn’t help his cause as he committed 8 double faults.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

The head-to-head scoreline currently stands at 1-1. Lehecka won their most recent encounter in the Qatar Open last month 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Prediction: Andrey Rublev to win in three sets.

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Edited by: Gerard Crispin