Medvedev vs McDonald: prediction for the ATP Indian Wells match
Medvedev played only one official match after his victory at the US Open. The Russian defeated Denis Shapovalov in two straight sets at the Laver Cup (6-4, 6-0). Undoubtedly, Medvedev is one of the favorites to win at Indian Wells. However, he has never advanced further than the third round at this tournament. Medvedev has excellent stats on hard courts this season: 31 victories against 4 defeats.
McDonald got unlucky with the tournament draw. Under more favorable circumstances, he could have advanced quite far at Indian Wells. He started the tournament with a convincing victory over the Australian tennis player James Duckworth in two straight sets (6-3, 6-3). But now he faces Medvedev, who is currently ranked 2nd in the ATP rankings.
McDonald has played 2 tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
Medvedev played more than 9.5 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
Medvedev recently outplayed McDonald in Cincinnati in two sets; the Russian lost only four games to his opponent. After winning the US Open, Medvedev is very confident and we expect another crushing victory for the Russian.
Our prediction - Medvedev to win with a handicap (-5) games
Prediction: Handicap (-5) to Medvedev
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The opponents played five official matches against each other. Medvedev won four of them in two straight sets. We believe that the upcoming match will also end quickly.
Second prediction -total under 20 games