The Spanish Carlos Alcaraznumber one in the world, defeated, 7-6(4) and 6-3, the Italian Jannik Sinner this Saturday to advance to the Dinal in the tournament of Indian Wellsfirst Masters 1000 of the season, where the Russian will be measured Daniel Medvedev in search of the eighth title of his career and return to number one in the world.
Alcaraz, shook off the initial tension and agreed to his third final of 2023, in three tournaments played, with the option of a second title this season after that of Buenos Aires. In addition, the reigning US Open champion will return to number one in the world ranking who lost in January to Novak Djokovic if he beats a Medvedev who has 19 victories in a row in the Californian Final.
The Spaniard was the one who knew how to suffer in the first set, full of errors with his forehand and with more difficulties in his serve, to save a partial ball and score the opening set in the ‘tie-breaker’.
Sinner pushed at the beginning, but the Spaniard got to work and achieved the ‘break’ in the fifth game, the tense moment for the Italian. With the wind in favor, Alcaraz derailed in the eighth game, a blank break that gave hope to his rival. The Spaniard braked in time to save that set ball and force a sudden death in which he returned to command.
The Murcian became strong, recovered his forehand and began to have fun at the start of the second set. The Italian, a specialist in surviving, found himself with a wall of drop shots, lobs and winners from Alcaraz in the 2-0.
The Spaniard’s show made the audience wake up with the best point of the afternoon, a tremendous exchange that closed with an impossible lob (3-0).
Sinner did not flinch and continued to hit with everything, coming out unscathed from three ‘break’ balls in the sixth game (4-2). The man from Palmar hesitated for a moment thinking about that missed opportunity but reacted to a 0-30 to make it 5-2, who still had to work to reach the Indian Wells Final
In search of his third Masters 1000 and world number oneAlcaraz will face an unstoppable Medvedev, who chained 19 victories in a row by beating American Frances Tiafoe in the other semifinal.
The Russian, who comes from being champion in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai and aspires to title number 19 in his record, he won the only precedent from the Spanish, at Wimbledon in 2021.
(With information from Europe Press)