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Indian Wells: Carlos Alcaraz ready for ‘difficult challenge’ of facing Daniil Medvedev in blockbuster final

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Teenager Carlos Alcaraz, who is a win away from returning to the No. 1 spot in ATP singles rankings, will take on Daniil Medvedev in what promises to be a blockbuster final at Indian Wells Masters on Sunday.

California,UPDATED: Mar 19, 2023 13:00 IST

Carlos Alcaraz reached his maiden Indian Wells Masters final (AP Photo)

By India Today Sports Desk: Carlos Alcaraz reached his maiden men’s singles final at the Indian Wells on Saturday, edging past up-and-coming star Jannik Sinner in a hard-fought semi-final match. The Spaniard has the opportunity to return to the World No. 1 spot in ATP charts and a win on Sunday in California will help him achieve the landmark.

However, standing in Alcaraz’s way is Daniil Medvedev, who is on a hot winning streak in the hard-court swing of the season. Alcaraz and Medvedev will meet only for the second time on the tour with the Russian star beating the Spaniard in Wimbledon 2021 in straight sets. However, Alcaraz has grown in stature over the last two years, managing to win the US Open in 2022 and establishing himself as one of the best in the business.

It’s going to be a cracker of a final on Sunday as Alcaraz is yet to drop a set in the ongoing tournament while Medvedev is on a 19-match unbeaten run after having won the hard-court titles in Dubai, Doha, and Rotterdam.

Alcaraz, who recovered from a brief injury layoff, is slowly but surely hitting peak form after having made the Rio ATP 500 final and the final in Indian Wells, which puts him among the established players who have reached the final of the two Sunshine tournaments (Indian Wells and Miami).

“I really want to play against the best tennis player in the world. I always say that if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and I would say that Daniil is the best player right now… amazing winning streak,” Alcaraz said.

“For me, it’s going to be a really difficult challenge but I’m really prepared for that. I will summon my best tomorrow in the final.”


Alcaraz needed to beat an in-form Sinner in the semi-final and he did so by saving a set point in the first set en route to a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over the Italian youngster.

The last time Alcaraz and Sinner met, the two youngsters gave the New York crowd unmatched thrills as they played a marathon quarter-final which the Spaniard won. He was tested once again and Alcaraz said the challenge of playing Sinner excites him and he expects many such contests against the World No. 13 in the future.

Despite being a teenager, Alcaraz said he doesn’t let the pressure of expectations affect him.

“It doesn’t change too much for me. I don’t think about that I’m the favourite in every match. I don’t think about that I have to win every match.

“I just have goals in my mind, I have things that I have to do, and that’s all I think about. I try to enjoy every match. I’m not thinking about anything else.

“I know if I win tomorrow I’m going to be the number one. I will try not to think about that. I have to make everything perfect. That’s all I’m going to think about tomorrow,” he added.

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