For Francisco, Indian Wells is the first tough tournament since the Australian Open. Since then, the Argentine has played a number of competitions on clay in Córdoba, Buenos Aires, Rio and Santiago, where he has not had much success. In the thieves round of the tournament in California, Cherundolo defeated American Juice in three sets. The match lasted two hours and 15 minutes, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in favor of Francisco. During the match, the Argentine hit straights with three double faults four times, scoring 67% on the first serve and 63% on the second. Acceptance stats: 31%/47%, winner/enforcer stats 26/27.

Auger-Aliassime played only on hard surfaces after AO-2023, at tournaments in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai. Like Cherundolo, he was not very successful, but generally consistently performed better than his future opponent. Like the Argentine, the Canadian missed the first round of the Masters starting in the second round where he met Spaniard Martinez Portero. The match turned out to be a 2-set, but quite protracted, it lasted two hours and 27 minutes, Auger-Aliassime won it with the score of 7:6, 6:4. The Canadian hit 10 aces per game with four double faults, scoring 82% on his first serve and 57% on his second. Acceptance statistics: 42%/44%, winners/enforcers 29/25.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Francis Cherundolo 32 15 8 7
Auger Allassime 10 14 9 5