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Alcaraz’s maturity ends Medvedev in the Indian Wells final

Alcaraz’s maturity ends Medvedev in the Indian Wells final

Alcaraz he already has his second Indian Wells in the pocket. Before turning 21, Carlitos has five Masters 1,000, two Grand Slams and the feeling that he is leaving the Californian desert having grown as a player. To lift the title he needed to beat Zverev, Sinner y Medvedev in the last three rounds and to that are added the circumstances that surrounded the three games. From the attack of the bees in the quarterfinals to a final in which they woke up 0-3 down. Alcaraz knocked down the Russian 7-6 (7/5) y 6-1 in one hour and 43 minutes. As in the tournament, in the decisive match it also went from more to less. “A week before the tournament I was hardly training, the first day here I barely worked 30 minutes. And two or three days before the tournament I trained with players at a very high intensity and I didn’t feel well at all,” he confessed as soon as he finished.

Alcaraz is in that moment of growth in which he is capable of winning tournaments, of winning finals without offering an extraordinary level, without fireworks and without matches full of highlights. That’s how he destroyed Sinner, with a superb reading of the match, and that’s how he got rid of Medvedev. He overcame a bad start, a development of the first set in which no one took a step forward and an opponent whose tennis was at times disconcerting. And the Russian was 0-3 without the need for outstanding tennis. The scoreboard said that he took over the match when tennis was not pointing in the same direction. Alcaraz took a while to find himself. He did it on the fourth break ball in the fifth game and from there he began to settle, although he did so without sufficient authority until the tiebreaker. Medvedev was able to survive until then. Without a reliable serve and despite having taken a step forward at the start to be closer to the line, he never had control.

In the tiebreaker was when the Murcian tennis began to grow. The Russian stayed out of pure resistance, but against a notable Alcaraz something more is needed. The scream that Carlitos let out when he resolved the first set after more than an hour was significant.

At 20 years old, if there is one thing that Alcaraz has a lot of room for improvement, it is his patience on the track. He is in it as he demonstrated against Sinner and confirmed it against Medvedev in the final. The Russian was far from being the player who knocked down the player from El Palmar in the US Open. His serve had not worked during the tournament – he had suffered 16 breaks – and he did not work on the decisive day either. “I’ll try to get in his head, play deep, hit some incredible shots,” Daniil said before the final, but he didn’t stick to the plan except in the snatch. When he ordered the rackets to be restrung at the end of the first set as if he were thinking about surviving the third, it was more of a gesture towards the gallery. There were no tennis shoes in his racket to stop a solid Alcaraz. Major mistakes followed one another, his usual resistance disappeared and Carlitos did not allow himself to be mistaken. He glimpsed a fragile Medvedev and went after him to resolve the final with authority.

Swiatek, unattainable for Sakkari

The number one in the world, Every Swiatek, only needed 68 minutes to resolve the final against the Greek MarĂ­a Sakkari (6-4 and 6-0). It is the second title for the Pole in Indian Wells, as she has become the dominator of the women’s circuit in recent seasons with the permission of Sabalenka. Swiatek, at 22 years old, added her eighth WTA 1,000 of her career, after Doha (2), Beijing 2023, Indian Wells, Miami and Rome (2). The Pole, who also boasts four Grand Slams, had lost her first three matches against Sakkari, but now she has three consecutive victories against the Helen. This season she already has 20 victories. Only Emma Navarro, at 18, comes close.