Fixture: (5) Stefanos Tsitsipas vs (WC) Jack Sock
Date: 12 March 2022
Tournament: BNP Paribas Open
Round: Second round (Round of 64)
Venue: Indian Wells, California, USA
Category: ATP Masters 1000
Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
Prize money: $8,369,455
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel & ESPN | UK - Amazon Prime Video | India- Voot (Only ATP)
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jack Sock preview
Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will take on American wildcard Jack Sock in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters on Saturday.
After a disappointing ATP Cup campaign for Greece, the 23-year-old reached the semifinals of the Australian Open. Tsitsipas then finished as the runner-up to Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Rotterdam Open.
The Greek was the top seed at the Open 13 in Marseille but was stunned by Roman Safiullin in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
Tsitsipas soon bounced back with a run to the semis at the Mexican Open, where he lost to Cameron Norrie.
Sock's first ATP tournament of 2022, meanwhile, was the Dallas Open. Top seed Taylor Fritz ended his run in the last 16.
The 29-year-old then made the pre-quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open before losing to second seed and eventual runner-up Reilly Opelka in three sets.
Having received a wildcard at the Indian Wells Masters, Sock thrashed Juan Manuel Cerundolo 6-1, 6-1 in the first round on Thursday. This was his first win at the tournament since 2018.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jack Sock head-to-head
The two have never met on the ATP tour before, so their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jack Sock prediction
Tsitsipas will enter the match as the overwhelming favorite. The Greek's form has been far better than Sock's lately. Tsitsipas has won 46 out of 64 matches on hardcourt since the start of 2021.
The World No. 5 will look to make the best of his powerful groundstrokes to put pressure on Sock. But the Greek will also need to be careful not to make too many unforced errors.
Sock's most reliable weapon is his heavy topspin forehand, which he will use to rack up winners. The American is also comfortable at the net and will look to move forward whenever an opportunity arises.
But in the end, the Greek should have too much firepower for Sock and should be able to seal his place in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters.
Prediction: Tsitsipas to win in straight sets.