Rafael Nadal holds impressive record. Will Carlos Alcaraz follow it?
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 6486
Carlos Alcaraz will seek his third Masters 1000 crown in Sunday's Indian Wells final against Daniil Medvedev. The young Spaniard is trying to become the third teenager to achieve that after his compatriot Rafael Nadal. Alcaraz had a great run at the Masters 1000 series in 2022, conquering Miami and Madrid and becoming the third teenager with multiple Masters 1000 titles.
Now, the 19-year-old will try to leave Andrei Medvedev behind and move closer to the undisputed leader, Rafael Nadal. Rafa is by far the most dominant teenager in Masters 1000 history, claiming six titles from seven finals before turning 20!
Nadal lost the 2005 Miami Open final to Roger Federer from two sets to love up. He bounced back a couple of weeks later in Monte Carlo and lifted his first Masters 1000 shield in Monte Carlo at 18. The Spaniard claimed three more for the rest of the year to raise the bar for the upcoming youngsters.
Nadal defended his titles in Monte Carlo and Rome in 2006 to wrap up his teenage Masters 1000 carries with six trophies.
Carlos Alcaraz is seeking his third Masters 1000 crown in Indian Wells.
Carlos will not repeat that, although his results are already mighty impressive!
The young gun became the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion a year ago in Miami and secured the second title in May in Madrid. Carlos took down Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev within three days to earn his second Masters 1000 shield.
Alcaraz will seek the third on Sunday against Daniil Medvedev in Indian Wells, making an excellent recovery from an injury and setting his eyes on the second title of the season. Carlos kicked off the action in the desert with victories over Thanasi Kokkinakis and Tallon Griekspoor.
Alcaraz bested Jack Draper and Felix Auger-Aliassime to return into the last four in Indian Wells and set the semi-final clash against Jannik Sinner. Carlos earned a 7-6, 6-3 victory in an hour and 52 minutes for a place in his third Masters 1000 final.
Alcaraz defeated Sinner for the third time in five encounters, prevailing in the opener after saving a set point on serve in the 12th game and keeping everything under control in set number two. The Spaniard won four points more than the Italian, saving one out of two break points and stealing the rival's serve two times from six chances.
Alcaraz had more winners and unforced errors and tamed his strokes more efficiently than his opponent to emerge at the top after a tight battle. The Spaniard stayed focused in the opener's closing stages and grabbed an early break in the second set that carried him through.
If he beats Daniil Medvedev in the final, Alcaraz will pass Novak Djokovic and become world no. 1 for the second time.