Carlos Alcaraz continues his dominance in Indian Wells and wins the Finals against Danill Medvedev. The 19-year-old Spaniard did not even lose a single set in the last 6 Indian Wells games. His dominance is a bell of war for current legends as he already expresses his aim to be among the leaders of the game.
He has been breaking records since his debut in international tennis events. Alcaraz is the youngest to achieve the feat of youngest to win both the matches of sunshine double- Indian Wells and Miami Open– in his career.
Additionally, he joins Rafael Nadal, his countryman as the only player to win at least 3 Masters 1000 titles as a teenager.
As Alcaraz successfully handled the windy desert conditions, Medvedev saw his 19-match and three-tournament winning streak come to an end. The top seed’s tactical but aggressive game plan reaped rewards with an immediate break in both sets. Alcaraz took the opening set by storming to a 3-0 advantage before winning the first 10 points of the second to take a 4-0 lead.
In an all-action victory, Alcaraz smashed 18 winners to Medvedev’s five and scored 10 of the 13 net points. The Spaniard also found success with his patented drop shot position time and time again, taking advantage of his opponent’s deep-court position.
Despite both players making their World No. 1 debuts and spending 16 weeks at the top of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in 2022, Alcaraz and Medvedev did not play each other. At Wimbledon in 2021, Medvedev won in straight sets in their only previous ATP Head2Head matchup.
Alcaraz became the first Indian Wells winner to win without dropping a set since Roger Federer in 2017 and the first to do so in at least six matches since Nadal in 2007 by turning the tables for a straight-set victory of his own on Sunday. Following his final victory, he raises his record against Top 10 opponents to 14-9 overall and 8-3 in tour-level finals, including 3-0 at the ATP Masters 1000.