Carlos Alcaraz: "Jannik Sinner and I will play other great matches"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 3201
Carlos Alcaraz defeated Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the semifinal of the BNP Paribas Open 2023, played on the Californian hard-courts of Indian Wells.
The Spaniard beat the Italian with the final score of 7-6(4) 6-3, after two hours of play.
The Spanish tennis player, who had closed the South American away match with a victory and a final, reaches at least the last act also in Indian Wells with a performance marred only by an empty pass in the heart of the first set.
After the victory against Sinner, the young Spanish tennis star explained: "Jannik is an opponent, as well as a friend, that I love to compare with because he always pushes me to the limit and rest assured that Jannik and I will play many more great matches in the future.
Jannik is an opponent I love to play against." On his next opponent in the final, Alcaraz said: "Medvedev? He's the best right now, I'll have to do something more to bring home the tournament." Alcaraz squanders a break ahead, cancels a set point at 5-6, but finds the weapons valid enough to break Sinner's ambitions in the decisive game.
The second set settles on decidedly different tracks, with the Spanish tennis player who immediately takes off and flirts several times with the break even at 4-1. Sinner manages to stay attached to the matter and also hook up on 0-30 in the seventh game without really being able to put up any real resistance.
Alcaraz, who also finds the support of the service, heals the disadvantage and in the final round of service breaks down the resistance of his opponent.
Alcaraz vs Medvedev in the final
Waiting for the Spaniard on the opposite side of the net will be Daniil Medvedev, who against Frances Tiafoe secures the nineteenth consecutive victory on the ATP Tour.
After the successes in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai, the Russian needs overtime to make it 7-5 7-6(4) final. Against Alcaraz it will be just the second direct confrontation in the ATP Tour, with the Russian capable of winning at Wimbledon in 2021 quite clearly.
The tournament champion will secure first place in the ranking. Tomorrow the Spaniard and the Russian will play in what was the most awaited match of the tournament.