Indian Wells: Carlos Alcaraz Takes Down Daniil Medvedev, the Highlights

Thanks to this victory, the Spaniard not only won the third ATP Masters 1000 title of his career, but also returned number one in the rankings against Novak Djokovic


by LORENZO CIOTTI

Indian Wells: Carlos Alcaraz Takes Down Daniil Medvedev, the Highlights

Carlos Alcaraz won the BNP Paribas Open, played on the Californian hard-courts of Indian Wells, beating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. Thanks to this victory, the Spaniard not only won the third ATP Masters 1000 title of his career, but also returned number one in the rankings against Novak Djokovic.

All this at just over nineteen years of age, cutting other goals of precocity. Indeed, Alcaraz became the third-youngest tennis player to have captured three 1000 tournament finals in tennis history. First in this ranking can only be Rafael Nadal: in 2005, at the age of 18 years and 333 days, therefore at the age of 19, he had already reached the final of the Miami Open, the Monte-Carlo Masters and then the first final of the Italian internationals.

Of these, the twenty-two-time Grand Slam champion has won the last two, losing the first to Roger Federer. Second in this ranking is another Medvedev, the Russian Andrei. At the age of 19 years and 244 days, he had conquered the finals of Paris-Bercy (in 1993), lost against Ivanisevic, and victories in the Monte-Carlo Masters and the Hamburg Masters.

Indian Wells: Carlos Alcaraz Takes Down Daniil Medvedev, the Highlights

In this ranking, Alcaraz is also behind Novak Djokovic, who is fifth in this special ranking. At the age of 20 years and 75 days, in 2007, he had reached the finals of Indian Wells, Miami and Canada Masters.

Of these, he lost the first final against Rafael Nadal; in Miami he won the first '1000' title of his career, defeating Canas, while in the North American country victory against Roger Federer. The latter and Andy Murray, on the other hand, are outside the top 10 of this ranking, managing to score a hat-trick of 1000 finals only at the age of 21: ahead of the Swiss, but only by 100 days.

Below the highlights of the final: After the numerous awards that have been dedicated to Rafael Nadal over the years, Carlos Alcaraz is also being honored by the Spanish country and by the places that formed him, especially after winning a Grand Slam title and becoming number one in the world.

For this reason, the city of El Palmar has decided that it will be wallpapered by Carlos Alcaraz. After the first mural dedicated by the Spanish city to the Grand Slam winner, a second has recently appeared: a very young Carlitos has been depicted on the wall of his elementary school.

An equally significant mural for the former world number one: when he returned to the Murcia region after Roland Garros, he had gone to greet his old teachers, to whom he was very close as he himself declared. It is, therefore, the second recognition for the Grand Slam champion, after the first mural that was dedicated to him after the end of Roland Garros.

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