My predictions for Indian Wells have been the worst I have ever put forth on any Masters 1000 Event so read with caution. Hopefully, I can end the event with some good picks.
This match pits two players with a great deal of variety against one another. Federer has more tactical discipline than Dolgopolov. Young legs favor Dolgopolov. Dolgopolov has gone a long way toward restoring the hope that he can become a top 10 player with his runner-up finish in Rio and strong showing at Indian Wells. I see Federer winning the match by imposing his will and playing points he wants to play. I also think Federer’s serve is more reliable than Dolgopolov’s. In the end, I see Roger winning, 7-5, 6-3.