ATP Indian Wells Day 8 Predictions- Including Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Gael Monfils

All players are vying for a place for a spot in the quarter-finals today. Day 8 at the BNP Paribas Open brings a mixture of players: names you will recognise and names that will be unfamiliar to you. Here are my predictions for Day 8.

Indian Wells Day 8 Predictions

Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Gael Monfils

Head-To-Head Record: Monfils leads 13-2.

Kohlscreiber must be on cloud 9 at the moment after arguably the biggest win of the German’s career. Can he back up that win though and beat Monfils? It will be a tough ask as Monfils lead their head-to-head 13-2. Also, history tells us that whenever a player causes a big upset, they never seem to able to win their next match. Maybe it’s a mental thing? Who knows. I predict history will repeat itself and Monfils will advance to the next round.
Prediction: Monfils in 2

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Dominic Thiem vs Ivo Karlovic

Head-To-Head Record: First meeting.

Thiem looked in great form against Gilles Simon in the previous round, a match I predicted Simon would win. Karlovic will need to serve as well as he did in his previous rounds, and be patient and possibly break Thiem down in a tiebreak. Thiem’s game plan should be similar: capitalize on the break points he is given, and stay aggressive throughout the match. This match will probably go to a third set with at least a tiebreak in one of the sets.

Prediction: Thiem in 3

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Milos Raonic vs Jan-Lennard Struff

Head-To-Head Record: 1-1 tied.

Struff beat Zverev to be here, but Zverev was reportedly ill all week and was not at his best. Struff still played unbelievable, not to take anything away from him. Raonic has been playing well throughout the week and is the dark horse in the men’s draw. For Struff to win, he will need to replicate or even better his performance against Zverev to get past Raonic. Struff has had a great tournament, but I don’t see him upsetting Raonic, who is having a resurgence in form.

Prediction: Raonic in 2

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Yoshihito Nishioka vs Miomir Kecmanovic 

Head-To-Head Record: First meeting.

You may have heard about Yoshihito Nishioka, but I am sure the name Miomir Kecmanovic sounds unfamiliar to you. Kecmanovic is a 19-year-old Serbian who mainly plays on the Challenger circuit, and came through qualifying to reach the fourth round here at Indian Wells.

Nishioka is definitely the favorite as he is the higher ranked player, and with a bit more experience. But Kecmanovic has been playing the tournament of his life and has been playing like he has nothing to lose (and he hasn’t!) so far. I feel he has a good chance to pull off the win, especially when Nishioka played a tough physical three-setter the day before.

Prediction: Kecmanovic in 2

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