ATP Indian Wells: Impressive Carlos Alcaraz destroys Daniil Medvedev

Carlos Alcaraz claimed his third Masters 1000 title at 19

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Indian Wells: Impressive Carlos Alcaraz destroys Daniil Medvedev

Carlos Alcaraz conquered the Indian Wells Masters in style! Carlos played a flawless match in the final against an in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev. The Spaniard scored a 6-3, 6-2 victory in an hour and ten minutes to emerge at the top and wrap up a perfect campaign.

World no. 2 defeated six rivals in straight sets to lift his first trophy in the desert and his third Masters 1000 title at 19! Carlos became only the second player to achieve that after Rafael Nadal, earning 1000 ATP points and passing Novak Djokovic to become world no.

1 for the second time. Alcaraz and Medvedev showed the most in the previous ten days, and only one player was on the court on Sunday's final. 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.

Carlos Alcaraz toppled Daniil Medvedev for his first Indian Wells title.

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. The opening set saw seven comfortable holds and one tough 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 game to grab an early break and open a 2-0 gap.

Mixing up his game 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 it up 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.

The Spaniard forced the rival's mistake in the fourth game 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 before Carlos seized the second to celebrate the title and another incredible success at 19.

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