Sebastian Korda vs Thanasi Kokkinakis preview, head-to-head & prediction | BNP Paribas Open
Fixture: Sebastian Korda vs (Q) Thanasi Kokkinakis. Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Amazon Prime Video.
Home favorite Sebastian Korda will square off against 2022 Australian Open doubles champion Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first round of the 2022 Indian Wells Open on Thursday.
It was his debut at the tournament and he made it to the third round, where he lost to Pablo Carreno Busta. Korda then reached the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open.
However, he was unable to get a second straight win over Norrie, losing to him in the last eight.
After struggling with injuries for years, Thanasi Kokkinakis has been relatively healthy in 2022.
Thanasi Kokkinakis (L) won the doubles title at the 2022 Australian Open with Nick Kyrgios.
At the two ATP 250 events in Adelaide, he reached the semifinals of the first one and won his maiden career title at the next. Kokkinakis then surprisingly lost in the first round of the Australian Open in singles.
However, he teamed up with long-time friend Nick Kyrgios and the duo went on to lift the trophy in the doubles event. It was their first Grand Slam title in any discipline.
The two have faced off just once before, with Korda leading 1-0 in the head-to-head. He won their only encounter in straight sets at the Delray Beach Open last month.
The duo have played against each other quite recently and will be familiar with each other's games. Kokkinakis will aim to avoid the mistakes that led to his loss last time out against Korda.
The Australian has shown what he's capable of when he's fully fit. Kokkinakis is a big server, with his ace count frequently reaching double digits in his matches.
However, he didn't serve that well the last time he played against the American. Korda was also impressive on return then and will look to produce a similar performance once again.
Korda has been the more steady player of the two over the last year and is likely to withstand the challenge presented by Kokkinakis.