Carlos Alcaraz Tops Daniil Medvedev To Repeat As Indian Wells Champion

Mar18,2024



World number two Carlos Alcaraz won his second consecutive Indian Wells ATP title with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 victory over Daniil Medvedev on Sunday, both of which came at the expense of Russia. Alcaraz won his first title since Wimbledon last July and became the first winner at Indian Wells since Novak Djokovic won three consecutive titles from 2014-16. For the 20-year-old Spaniard, 12 days in the California desert proved to be just what he needed after a poor start to the season, which included a quarter-final exit at the Australian Open and an ankle injury that forced him out of the Open. Match in Rio de Janeiro in February.

“There are a lot of doubts for me,” she said of her mindset amid her longest title drought since winning her first Grand Slam title at the 2022 US Open.

For Alcaraz, however, it wasn't just about ending the drought, it was about rediscovering his joy in the game.

“Lifting this trophy, winning this tournament means a lot to me, because I've overcome a lot of problems mentally and a lot of problems physically,” he said.

“It's not that I haven't won a tournament since Wimbledon. For me, it doesn't matter, it's about the emotions… It's about enjoying playing tennis, once I'm on the court. I come out, play my game, that's all that matters.

“That's why I'm really happy to lift this trophy, because I found myself in this tournament.”

As he did last year, Alcaraz rejected Medvedev's bid to capture the only one of the six ATP hardcourt Masters 1000 titles he has yet to win.

More importantly, after a week in which he ended Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner's 19-match winning streak, Alcaraz heads into next week's hardcourt tournaments in Miami and beyond with new confidence. Were staying.

“Obviously winning tournaments helps a lot coming into the next tournament,” said Alcaraz, whose tournament run included not only a semifinal win over red-hot Sinner, but a quarterfinal win over Alexander Zverev with a swarm of bees. Brush also included. –The guy who kicked him out in Melbourne.

“Obviously winning the Masters 1000 again – it's a really hard tournament to win – gives you extra motivation going forward, extra, extra confidence for Miami now and going forward,” said Alcaraz, who Has been joined by compatriot Rafael Nadal. The only player to win five Masters 1000 titles before the age of 21.

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World number four Medvedev, who has been hampered by an ankle injury in the 2023 title clash, made a flying start and took a 3-0 lead in the first set with a service break.

But Alcaraz produced a brilliant forehand passing shot to break Medvedev in the fifth game and from there they dueled all the way to the tie-breaker with entertaining rallies spiced by drop shots, volleys and lobs.

At one rally Alcaraz fans stood up from their seats when he began to let a ball go, but after seeing it was going in, managed to reach it and save the point.

“I'm trying to make that kind of point,” Alcaraz said. “That gives me extra motivation.”

Trailing 5-2 in the tie-breaker, Australian Open runner-up Medvedev fought back to level 5-5, but Alcaraz took the set when the Russian sent a forehand wide and was in complete control from there.

“He managed to raise his level at one point in the first set,” Medvedev said. “I managed to get there and try to catch his level, but I was a little bit down.

“Finally, it was going down, down, down, and he was going up, up, up.

“So this result is a fair result for that match. But I'm happy,” Medvedev said. “The last time I managed to (reach the final in Indian Wells) I won Miami – so I'm going to try to do the same.”

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