Alcaraz faces Medvedev in the Indian Wells final and tries to return to the top of the ATP ranking



The current number 2 beats Jannik Sinner for 2 sets to 0, partials of 7/6 (7/4) and 6/3; with the title the Spaniard surpasses Novak Djokovic, 1st in the world

The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz defeated the Italian Jannik sinnerthis Saturday from 2 sets to 0, partials of 7/6 (7/4) and 6/3and secured a spot in the final of the Indian Wells ATP 1000, WE. His opponent in this Sunday’s decision will be the Russian Daniel Medvedevwho in the other semifinal overtook the North American Frances Tiafoe also from 2 sets to 0, partials of 7/5 and 7/6 (7/4). The dispute for the title is this Sunday, at 20h.

In addition to the tournament title, Alcaraz will also be able to conquer the number 1 in the world ranking, lost in January against Novak Djokovic after Australian open. However, the Serbian is barred from entering the United States for not having taken the vaccine for covid-19. Therefore, he was unable to compete in the ATP 1000 Indian Wells and will miss the Masters 1000 in Miami.

The first set of the semifinal was hard fought and quite tense. Alcaraz also opened 4/2, but allowed the rival’s reaction, who also had a match-point in the 11th game. The decision went to the tie-break, when the Spaniard opened 3/1 and once again saw his opponent react and equalize at 4/4. A new break in Sinner’s service was decisive in the final.

Alcaraz arrived more confident for the second set and managed to put in beautiful balls to open 3/0, with a break of service from the Italian. From that moment on the Spaniard dominated and closed the match. Now he has three wins against two losses for Sinner.

Medvedev beats Tiafoe and goes to the final

Russian Daniil Medvedev is alive in contention for the long-awaited Indian Wells Masters 1000 title. He beat Frenchman Tiafoe this Saturday by 2 sets to 0, 7/5 and 7/6 (7/4) splits (7/4), thus securing a place in the decision. Medvedev also confirmed his good form of the season. For the Russian it is the 19th consecutive victory in 31 days. He also won his fifth consecutive victory over Tiafoe.

Medvedev and Tiafoe played a very balanced first set. The Russian was the protagonist of a perfect coverage of the field and proved to be very firm in defences. In the eleventh game he had a break and it didn’t take long to confirm the victory by 7/5. However, Tiafoe was willing to sell the ranking dearly to the Russian. The second set was even more fought and decided on the details. The Frenchman saved seven match-points, but was unable to prevent his rival’s triumph.

The second set was only decided in the tie-break. Medvedev quickly opened up a lead and was only able to confirm victory and a place in the long-awaited decision.

Source: Terra

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