Indian Wells 2021 Draw: Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas Handed an Easy Path, Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray on Collison Course

Published 10/05/2021, 10:40 PM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece congratulates to Daniil Medvedev of Russia after the Men’s Singles Semifinal of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 12, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Finally, after two years of waiting, the ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells 2021 is all set to raise the curtains. Recently, the tournament also unveiled the main draw for the men’s circuit. So, let’s see who meets who on their road in the desert.


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Unfortunately, the big three of tennis, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, will not be playing the Indian Wells this year. Thus, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev will be the top seed, whereas Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas will be the second seed.


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Indian Wells 2021: Daniil Medvedev’s quarter

As a top seed, Medvedev will receive a bye in the first round in tennis paradise. Subsequently, he could either meet Mackenzie McDonald or James Duckworth in the second round.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates after match point against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, Medvedev will play his first tournament on the Tour as a Grand Slam champion. Therefore, all eyes will indefinitely be on him.

Moreover, the Russian also has an opportunity to become World No.1 after Indian Wells. But for this, he would have to win the tournament.

Looking at the draw, Medvedev seems to have an easy path to the quarterfinals. Let’s see how far he can go in the Indian Wells.

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Indian Wells 2021: Stefanos Tsitsipas’s quarter

Unsurprisingly, the highest-ranked Greek professional found himself in the fourth quarter in the Indian Wells’ main draw. Similar to Medvedev, even Stefanos Tsitsipas will clear the first round with a bye.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a shot against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Following that, Tsitsipas would take on the winner between Pedro Martinez and a qualifier. Besides, Italian Fabio Fognini, Australia’s Alex De Minaur, and Danish Holger Rune are also in his quarter.

Without a doubt, the Greek professional would be looking to get his hands on Masters 1000 title. The question is: who can stop him?

Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray on a collision course

Above all, the most intriguing matchup in the Indian Wells 2021 would be Alexander Zverev against Andy Murray. However, it is still not clear if the two would meet each other.

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 17: Angelique Kerber of Germany serves to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Potentially, the duo would meet each other in the third round in the desert. Before that, Zverev has to take down between Jenson Brooksby or a qualifier. On the other side, Murray will need to take down Adrian Mannarino and Carlos Alcaraz or a qualifier to set up this dream encounter.

Potential QFs: Indian Wells

Undoubtedly, the main draw is looking tight, with some exciting matches around the corner. However, fans are already planning to see who would make it into the Top 8 in Indian Wells.


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Here are your potential quarterfinals:


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The tournament starts on 7th October and will run until 17th October 2021. Who do you think will lift the Indian Wells title this year?



Purav Joshi

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