Carlos Alcaraz on destroying Daniil Medvedev: 'I did not expect that'
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 3954
Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first Indian Wells title in style, winning all six matches in straight sets to secure the third Masters 1000 trophy at 19! Carlos met an in-form Daniil Medvedev in the final, with the Russian seeking his 20th victory and the fourth title in a row.
Instead of a tight battle, Alcaraz toppled Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 70 minutes to earn 1000 ATP points and become world no. 1. Carlos did not expect that outcome against such a strong rival. The Spaniard was ready to bring his A-game, knowing it was the only way to beat the Russian and terminate his winning streak.
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 and mounting the pressure on the other side.
Carlos Alcaraz toppled Daniil Medvedev for his first Indian Wells title.
Daniil stood powerless against such a strong rival, failing to impose his strokes and move the opponent away from his comfort zone. The Russian lost serve three times from as many chances offered to the Spaniard to settle with the runner-up prize.
The opening set saw seven comfortable holds and one challenging service game for Daniil that cost him dearly. Carlos held at 30 in the encounter's first game and fired a backhand crosscourt winner in the second to grab an early break.
Mixing up his strokes beautifully, Alcaraz fired a service winner in game three for a hold at love and a healthy advantage after nine minutes. Both players served well in the remaining games, and Carlos wrapped up the set with a service winner in game nine for 6-3 after 35 minutes.
With nothing working his way, Daniil got broken at love at the start of the second set after a double fault. Alcaraz confirmed the advantage with a hold at love in game two and took a massive step toward the finish line with cracking backhands in game three that pushed him 3-0 up.
In the fourth game, the Spaniard forced the rival's mistake to extend the lead, sailing toward the trophy after swift 53 minutes! Medvedev avoided a disaster with fine holds in games five and seven before Alcaraz served for the victory at 5-2.
Daniil saved a match point and reached the first deuce on the return. However, Carlos seized the second match point to celebrate the title and another incredible success at 19. "Honestly, I did not expect that outcome in the final.
I thought it would have been a more challenging battle. I played a perfect match, and you have to bring your best tennis to beat Daniil. Also, your tactic has to work from start to finish, which was the case for me. That's why it looked so easy, although it was not," Carlos Alcaraz said.