Carlos Alcaraz's honest confession: "I'm happy to have beaten Jannik Sinner"

The Spanish champion defeated his Italian rival in the Indian Wells semi-final

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Carlos Alcaraz's honest confession: "I'm happy to have beaten Jannik Sinner"
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Carlos Alcaraz swept away the clouds of recent months, reaching the final BNP Paribas Open of Indian Wells where he is defending champion, beating Jannik Sinner in three sets.

The Spaniard returned to beat the Italian, overcoming the first set deficit and closing the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. And he did it a year after the last time and became the first reigning champion able to reach the final at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells since Roger Federer in 2018.

"I tried to stay strong mentally, and that was a really important factor in this match. You have to be mentally strong if you want to overcome these matches where you lose the first set against an incredible player. I'm happy with the things I did on the court after losing the first set like this," explained Alcaraz in the post-match interview with ATP.

"I raised my level, and it worked really well. Happy to have beaten Jannik and be in the final at Indian Wells. I defended and responded better by entering more into rallies from the second set onwards. We played a lot of long rallies. I was making too many mistakes, which you can't afford against a tennis player likef Sinner," he added.

Alcaraz put an end to Sinner's unbeaten season and in the last act of the Indian Well tournament he will find Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Tommy Paul.

Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz
Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz© Matthew Stockman / Staff Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz stopped Sinner's run

There are eleven consecutive victories obtained by the Spanish champion at the BNP Paribas Open, who had not reached the final of a tournament since the incredible match lost to Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati.

Alcaraz also prevented Sinner from overtaking him in the rankings, protecting his second position in the ATP world ranking.

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