Gilles Cervara: 'Carlos Alcaraz Demands Perfection, Punishes Mediocrity'

Carlos Alcaraz beat Daniil Medvedev in the Indian Wells final

by Jovica Ilic
Gilles Cervara: 'Carlos Alcaraz Demands Perfection, Punishes Mediocrity'
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Coach Gilles Cervara and his protege Daniil Medvedev were disappointed on Sunday night as the Russian fell short in the Indian Wells final against Carlos Alcaraz. In a repeat of last year's final, Alcaraz ousted Medvedev 7-6, 6-1, keeping world no.

4 without the title in the desert. Cervara could not help but praise the young Spaniard's remarkable performance. He lauded Alcaraz's exceptional level of play, noting that he surpasses all other opponents when he hits his stride.

Additionally, Cervara emphasized the need for Alcaraz's competitors to consistently deliver flawless shots, as anything less is insufficient against Alcaraz's formidable game. Carlos claimed his second Major title at Wimbledon last July and had to wait until Sunday to lift another ATP trophy.

Carlos Alcaraz, Indian Wells 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Spaniard came to Indian Wells following an ankle injury in Rio, producing a high level and earning the title after beating three top-10 rivals.

Alcaraz sailed past Alexander Zverev before ending Jannik Sinner's streak of 19 consecutive wins in the semi-final after raising his level from the second set. Carlos took charge and left the Australian Open champion behind, setting the title clash against Daniil Medvedev.

Like a year ago, the Spaniard had the upper hand, taking a tight opener and dominating set number two in a 7-6, 6-1 win in an hour and 42 minutes, celebrating his fifth Masters 1000 title at 20! Daniil stayed in touch in the opening set, opening an early lead and standing two points away from taking the set two times.

In the end, Alcaraz clinched it in the tie break after 69 minutes, gaining a boost and sailing over the top with a fine performance in set number two. The Spaniard lost serve once from two chances offered to his rival, creating ten break points and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Daniil lost serve three times, fighting well in the first set before losing ground in the second, finishing runner-up in the desert for the second straight year. Medvedev tried to return a meter or two behind the baseline, staying in touch in the opener but finishing the duel with 11 winners and 23 mistakes.

Alcaraz delivered a 24-26 ratio and outplayed his rival in the shortest and more advanced exchanges for a rock-solid victory. Daniil was off to a reliable start, opening the first game of the match with two winners and closing it with an ace.

Daniil Medvedev, Indian Wells 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Gilles Cervara praised Carlos Alcaraz and his high performance.

Carlos sprayed a backhand error on the second break point in the second game, losing serve and experiencing an early setback.

Medvedev played against three break points in the third game, saving them with service winners and forging a 3-0 advantage after 17 minutes. Alcaraz grabbed the fourth game with a powerful serve and extended the next one after Daniil's double fault.

The Spaniard secured a break after a cracking forehand crosscourt winner and held in the next one for 3-3. The Russian sprayed a backhand error in the ninth game and faced a break point. Carlos placed a return long and missed an opportunity to move in front.

Alcaraz extended the game after an incredible point before Medvedev closed it after three deuces for a 5-4 advantage.

Carlos Alcaraz, Indian Wells 2024© Matthew Stockman / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos closed the tenth game with an unreturned serve and held at love at 5-6 to arrange a tie break.

The Spaniard started with a mini-break and fired two winners for a healthy 3-0 advantage. The Russian climbed back from 2-5 and increased the drama with a forehand crosscourt winner in the tenth point. Carlos earned a set point with a service winner at 5-5 and seized it after Daniil's forehand error, wrapping up the opener after 69 minutes and gaining a massive boost.

The defending champion held the strings firmly in his hands, serving well and breaking the rival's resistance with two return games on his tally. Alcaraz grabbed the first game from 0-30 with a service winner and created two break chances in the next one after Medvedev's loose forehand.

Carlos wasted them before earning the third, converting it with a forehand down the line winner and moving closer to the finish line. The young gun opened a 3-0 lead with a smash winner and stayed in front with another fine hold in game five after an unreturned serve.

Eager to emerge at the top as soon as possible, Carlos landed a deep return in the sixth game, drawing Daniil's mistake and creating three break points. The Spaniard seized the second after his rival's poor drop shot attempt, moving 5-1 in front and serving for the title in game seven.

Alcaraz earned two match points with a powerful serve and converted the first, taking 12 of the final 14 points and celebrating his fifth Masters 1000 title at such a young age.

Carlos Alcaraz, Indian Wells 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

"You have to aim for perfect shots almost all the time against Carlos.

He will smash your head if you play a mediocre stroke. When his game is on, he is so tough to beat. His best level is much higher than everyone else's," Gilles Cervara said.

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