Indian Wells: Alcaraz takes down Sinner to set up Medvedev final again : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Indian Wells: Alcaraz takes down Sinner to set up Medvedev final again

Indian Wells: Alcaraz takes down Sinner to set up Medvedev final again

Carlos Alcaraz came from behind to beat Jannik Sinner. AP/PTI, USA TODAY Sports/reuters



Indian Wells, March 17

Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev will clash in the final of the Indian Wells in a rematch of last year’s summit clash after both prevailed in intense three-setters. Alcaraz came from behind to beat Jannik Sinner 1-6 6-3 6-2 before Medvedev edged out American Tommy Paul 1-6 7-6(3) 6-2 in the second semifinal.

Daniil Medvedev edged out Tommy Paul. AP/PTI, USA TODAY Sports/reuters

Australian Open champion Sinner has been the hottest player on tour this year and looked poised to run away with the match when the Spaniard’s forehand went long to end the 34-minute opening set, which was halted by a three-hour rain delay.

Alcaraz would finally break serve with a powerful forehand that set up a put-away volley for a 3-1 second set lead and hit a drop shot even the speedy Sinner did not try to race down to force a decider between the young rivals. With Sinner serving in the third set, the Italian dove to keep a ball in play on break point near the net, his hands scraping along the gritty Indian Wells hard court.

Alcaraz’s athletic volley secured the break and Sinner appeared to be bothered by his left hand after the exchange. Alcaraz went up a double break and 4-1 on a forehand wide by a suddenly error-prone Sinner and sealed the win with a crosscourt forehand winner to keep Sinner from taking his world No. 2 ranking and denying him a 20th consecutive win going back to last year. “I stayed strong mentally and that’s very important,” Alcaraz said after ending his opponent’s winning streak this season at 16 matches.

Medvedev eked out a similar comeback win against Paul, who was quick off the blocks, dropping just one game in the opening set before the Russian bounced back. Paul saved two set points to force a tie-break in the second set but Medvedev won five straight points to draw level with him.

Paul was broken from 40-0 in the first game of the third set, which was pretty much a one-sided affair as Medvedev closed out the match to stay on course to avenge his loss to Alcaraz in last year’s final. — AP

#Carlos Alcaraz #Russia #Spain #Tennis


Top News

One-sided result for AAP in Jalandhar West bypoll, two-time loser from BJP, Mohinder Bhagat to be third time lucky

One-sided result for AAP in Jalandhar West bypoll, two-time loser from BJP, Mohinder Bhagat third-time lucky One-sided result for AAP in Jalandhar West bypoll, two-time loser from BJP, Mohinder Bhagat third-time lucky

BJP's Sheetal Angural left the counting centre after the fir...

Himachal bypoll breather for Chief Minister Sukhu as party hoppers suffer defeat

Himachal bypoll breather for Chief Minister Sukhu as party hoppers suffer defeat

The victory of Kamlesh Thakur, wife of CM Sukhu by a margin ...

Himachal CM’s wife Kamlesh Thakur wins crucial election from Dehra, defeats two-term MLA

Himachal CM’s wife Kamlesh Thakur wins crucial election from Dehra, defeats two-term MLA

Kamlesh Thakur got 32,737 votes against Hoshiar Singh’s 23,3...


Cities

View All