11th seed Jannik Sinner faces French veteran Adrian Mannarino in the round of 32 of the 2023 Indian Wells on Monday.
The 21-year-old has been in scintillating form this season. He won the title in Montpellier and finished runner-up in the ATP Rotterdam Open.
Sinner received an entry into the second round thanks to a first-round bye. He faced Richard Gasquet in the round of 64. The first set was comfortably won by Sinner but Gasquet made him work hard in the second set. The match eventually ended 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in favor of the talented Italian star. Sinner smashed 9 aces in the encounter and had a win percentage of 89 on the first serve. He converted 2 out of 4 break points to book his ticket to the round of 32.
The southpaw came into the tournament on the back of a 3-match losing streak. Mannarino began his campaign in Indian Wells against Dominic Thiem. The Austrian player won the first set but Mannarino bounced back strongly to take the next two sets to complete a fine win. The match ended 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in favor of Mannarino. He converted 4 out of 6 break points in the encounter.
Mannarino managed to take confidence from this win and produced a solid performance in the round of 64 to beat 19th seed Lorenzo Musetti. Mannarino won the match 6-4, 6-4, converting 4 out of 8 break points.
Head-to-Head and Prediction
Jannik Sinner has an unblemished 2-0 lead in the head-to-head scoreline against Adrian Mannarino. The Italian youngster won their most recent encounter in the 2022 Canadian Open 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Prediction: Jannik Sinner to win in straight sets.
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