Carlos Alcaraz follows Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer on notable record
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Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first Indian Wells title without dropping a set! The season's opening Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells has been reserved for the greatest names in tennis since 1990. The ATP Tour leaders, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, have had great success in the desert.
The Swiss and the Spaniard gathered seven Indian Wells titles combined, three of which came without losing a set. Federer and Nadal were the only players to wrap up a perfect title in Indian Wells before Alcaraz joined them last week.
Federer won the Indian Wells title without losing a set in 2005 and 2017, standing as the only player who achieved that feat twice. Nadal joined his great rival with a flawless performance in 2007, and Alcaraz followed their number with his incredible run in the previous ten days.
Carlos kicked off the campaign with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Thanasi Kokkinakis in an hour and 16 minutes. A teenager dropped seven points behind the initial shot and grabbed three breaks of serve to sail into the third round.
Alcaraz beat Tallon Griekspoor 7-6, 6-3 to enter the last 16, prevailing in the opener and delivering one break in the second set to move through. The Spaniard faced Jack Draper in the last 16 and sealed the deal in 46 minutes when the Briton retired in the second set.
Alcaraz played against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-final, seeking his first triumph over a great rival. Carlos earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory in two hours for a place in the final four. The Spaniard played better behind the first and second serve.
He defended three out of four break points and kept the pressure on the other side. The Canadian gave his best to stay in touch, although he failed to win at least a set after getting broken three times from 12 chances offered to his rival.
Carlos fired 26 winners and 16 unforced errors. Felix could not follow those numbers, struggling in the mid-range exchanges and ending his run in the quarter-final. The young Spaniard took down Jannik Sinner 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes and set the title clash against Daniil Medvedev.
Carlos Alcaraz claimed the Indian Wells title without losing a set.
Carlos defeated Jannik 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.
Carlos met Daniil Medvedev in the title clash and scored a dominant 6-3, 6-2 victory in 70 minutes for his third Masters 1000 title at 19! A teenager grabbed an early break and controlled the pace from start to finish to secure his 28th Masters 1000 victory and write the record books.
Carlos did everything right behind the initial shot, never experiencing issues in his games and mounting the pressure on the other side. Daniil entered the final with 19 consecutive victories, seeking his fourth title in a row but standing powerless against such a strong rival.
The Russian lost serve three times from as many chances offered to the Spaniard to settle with the runner-up prize. Carlos made a strong start in both sets to build an early advantage and seal the deal from there to lift the trophy and write history books.