Carlos Alcaraz reclaims world No. 1 after defeating Daniil Medvedev in Indian Wells final
Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz reclaimed world number one ranking from Novak Djokovic after defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win the Indian Wells final
Top seed Carlos Alcaraz made the cut Daniil Medvedev19-match winning streak with a 6-3 6-2 rout in the Indian Wells final on Sunday that will see him retire Novak Djokovic and return to No. 1 in the world rankings.
Alcaraz did not lose a single set in six matches at the tournament and his performance in the California the desert gives him an extra boost of confidence ahead of his title defense in Miami.
“I’m playing great. Of course, the conditions were quite difficult today. Of course, Daniil did not play in the best way,” Alcaraz said.
“All I can say is that I’m very happy with my game, the way I played in this tournament. I’m looking forward to playing at this level in Miami as well.”
Alcaraz enjoyed a dream start to the Indian Wells maiden finalists match as he grabbed an early break to lead 2-0 and dropped just six service points to take the first set in 36 minutes.
Carlos Alcaraz returned to the world No. 1 on Sunday after winning the final in Indian Wells
The top seed snapped Daniil Medvedev’s (left) 19-match streak to win the Indian Wells final
The Spanish teenager sensationally did not lose a set in six matches at the tournament
Russian fifth-seeded Medvedev, looking to add another title to those he has claimed in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai over the past month, could not stop the bleeding and could not match the Spaniard’s brilliance the rest of the way.
In the first game of the second set, Alcaraz broke to hold a 2-0 lead as the retired Medvedev reeled off 10 straight points starting in the first frame.
The tenacious Spaniard continued to drag Medvedev from corner to corner and secured another break for a commanding 4-0 lead, barely breaking a sweat as he closed out a seemingly stress-free victory in 70 minutes without facing a break point.
Bruised and battered, Medvedev was clearly not at his best after twisting his right ankle in the fourth round and then cutting his thumb in the quarter-finals. He also couldn’t handle the wind during the final.
“It was an amazing week in many ways,” Medvedev said. “Chicago, thumb, tennis, wind, whatever. But we almost made it. … I’ll try to be better next time.”
The win was the third ATP Masters 1000 trophy for 19-year-old Alcaraz, who became the youngest world number one last September when he won the US Open and held the spot for 20 weeks until Djokovic reclaimed it in January.
Djokovic has pulled out of the draw for the Indian Wells tournament in a sign that his application to be waived by a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the United States may have failed. The Serbian also withdrew from the Miami Open.
His performance in the California desert gives him momentum ahead of his title defense in Miami
A bruised and battered Medvedev was clearly not in his best form after his injuries in the previous rounds
Alcaraz edged past Novak Djokovic after he was unable to play due to COVID restrictions