Indian Wells draw is a 'trap' for Carlos Alcaraz

The young Spaniard faces a rather complex draw full of pitfalls

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Indian Wells draw is a 'trap' for Carlos Alcaraz
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The BNP Paribas Open, which will start in a few hours in Indian Wells, offers many interesting topics to analyze, such as the comebacks of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the ambitions of Jannik Sinner and the state of health of Carlos Alcaraz (after the ankle injury immediately in Rio de Janeiro).

Nadal will try to return to the court once again after the problems he suffered in Brisbane, Australia.

In addition to the Spanish champion, there will be the entire top 10, including Carlos Alcaraz, who will have to defend the title he won last year. The period that the young Spaniard is experiencing, however, is not the simplest.

Since the historic victory at Wimbledon, the former ATP No.1 has not managed to win any other tournament. A fast of over seven months that his fans were certainly not used to. In recent months, his most accredited rival for the future, Sinner, has risen forcefully in level and is stealing the show a bit and has the real possibility of overtaking him at the end of the Californian tournament.

Carlos Alcaraz
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Let's analyze Alcaraz's possible path to Indian Wells

Alcaraz, number 2 seed in Indian Wells after Novak Djokovic, will make his debut, after an initial bye, against the winner between Matteo Arnaldi and Lucas van Assche.

If he were to move forward, the Spanish player could find himself facing Felix Auger Aliassime, an opponent potentially capable of putting him in difficulty. In the round of 16, Carlitos could face Karen Khachanov, who recently won in Qatar.

From the quarterfinals he enters the toughest part of the tournament. Alex De Minaur, Alexander Zverev and Alexander Bublik will play for the victory of their part of the draw. Should Carlos get the better of one of them, here is the potential challenge with Sinner (who, at the moment, by virtue of his successes at the Australian Open and Rotterdam, is firmly leading the Race towards the ATP Finals in Turin).

To avoid being overtaken by the Italian in the ATP ranking, Alcaraz will necessarily have to do better than him in this tournament.

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