Preview of Draw: For the BNP Paribas Open, Medvedev Brings His Hot Form to the Desert.

Daniil Medvedev is the hottest player on the ATP Tour heading into the BNP Paribas Open. To extend his 14-match winning streak at the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the year, the fifth seed will need to be on his game early.

Medvedev is drawn in the same half as second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, third-seeded Casper Ruud, and sixth-seeded Andrey Rublev. In his first match, he will play the winner of the Indian Wells final in 2012, John Isner, whose fearsome serve gets more bite in the dry desert conditions. He will also play the winner of the Next Gen ATP Finals, Brandon Nakashima, who is the champion.

View Draw Medvedev is seeded to face Alexander Zverev in the fourth round after defeating Rublev in the Dubai final on Saturday to complete a hat-trick of titles that also included Rotterdam and Doha. With a run to the Dubai semi-final, the German showed that he was back to his best.

Carlos Alcaraz, the top seed and 2022 semi-finalist, will return to No. If he wins his third Masters 1000 title this week, he will be ranked No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. He also leads the top half of the draw. In his first match, he will play the American wild card winner Brandon Holt or a qualifier. Due to an injury to his right leg, the Spaniard was unable to compete in the ATP 500 in Acapulco last week.

The draw will have disappointed Great Britain’s fans because 24th seed Daniel Evans could play 21-year-old lefty Jack Draper in the second round. The winner could play Andy Murray if the Scot can beat Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry and 15th seed Pablo Carreno Busta.

After a disappointing 8-5 start to the year, eighth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime is seeded to face Poland’s ninth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round.

Taylor Fritz, the champion in defense, is currently ranked No. 5 will begin with the winner of the fast-rising American Ben Shelton, who is 19 years old, and the cunning Italian veteran Fabio Fognini. The 25-year-old, however, comes into the tournament ranked No. Tenth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, and a deep run is required to stay within reach of the Top 5.

Jannik Sinner, who is ranked 11th, could face fellow Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the third round and Holger Rune, who is ranked seventh, in the fourth round.

Tsitsipas, seeded second, who has a chance of reaching World No. 1 will open against either Australian Jordan Thompson or French veteran Gael Monfils following the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami. To be considered for the top spot, the Greek must win one title and reach one final during the swing. Tsitsipas reached the third round of the Indian Wells tournament in 2022 and the fourth round of the Miami tournament in 2022, defending just 135 points.

Rublev, the 2021 champion Cameron Norrie, and Matteo Berrettini are all potential opponents for Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals if he makes it that far. Tsitsipas is seeded to face Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round.

Global No. 4 The winner of the all-Argentine first-round battle between Diego Schwartzman and Federico Coria will face 4 Ruud, who reached the Miami Open final last year. Schwartzman, who has slipped to World No. 1 after winning just one of seven matches this year, is hoping to turn things around. 38.

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