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Spain's Carlos Alcaraz successfully defends Indian Wells tennis title with straight-set win

Spain's Carlos Alcaraz successfully defends Indian Wells tennis title with straight-set win

Victory against Daniil Medvedev marked the Spaniard's first title since Wimbledon last July

Enric Gardiner


Monday, 18 March 2024, 13:17


Carlos Alcaraz reigns supreme once again on the hallowed tennis courts of Indian Wells having claimed a 7-6(5) and 6-1 victory over Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling final late on Sunday night.

Despite contending with challenges like swarming bees and challenging weather conditions, the 20-year-old Spaniard showcased his undeniable talent in the Coachella Desert to successfully defend his title and shake off any lingering doubts about his credentials having not secured a title win since Wimbledon last summer.

Alcaraz's path to victory was not without its obstacles. Despite a shaky start against Matteo Arnaldi, he lost only one more set throughout the tournament. His semi-final victory over Jannik Sinner set the stage for a repeat of the 2023 final showdown with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Sunday's showpiece proved to be a psychological battle between the two players, with the crowd's energy influencing momentum shifts on the court. In a pivotal tie-breaker during the first set, Alcaraz demonstrated his mental fortitude, outmanoeuvring Medvedev to seize a crucial advantage.

Despite a brief resurgence from his opponent, Alcaraz remained steadfast, ultimately clinching the set with unwavering resolve.

Fuelled by the electric atmosphere and fervent support from the crowd, Alcaraz continued his dominance in the second set, swiftly overpowering Medvedev to secure the championship in just thirty minutes.

With this latest triumph, Alcaraz adds another prestigious title to his burgeoning career, boasting an impressive tally of five Masters 1000 titles and thirteen overall.

He maintains his world number two ranking, trailing Novak Djokovic by a mere 920 points. With Djokovic's absence from the upcoming Miami tournament, Alcaraz sees an opportunity to further narrow the gap in the rankings and cement his status as one of tennis's brightest stars.

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