Carlos Alcaraz won his 3rd career's ATP Masters 1000 title and took the 6th title in all ATP competitions. The Spaniard has beaten Daniil Medvedev 6-2 6-3 in Sunday's final of BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The dominant win of 19 years-old Spaniard allowed him to retook the lead in official ATP rankings.
The match-up between Alcaraz and Medvedev was foreshadowing a delightful tennis spectacle, which was difficult to predict. Every result was possible, but the fans and pundits were surely expecting the thrilling three-sets battle staying on the highest possible level of tennis skills and emotions. This has no happened, as the final match brought possibly the least expected outcome. Medvedev was approaching to this clash with a streak of 18 wins in a row. The Russian was not a fan of Indian Wells court's surface, but he was still on the blow in the Indian Wells campaign so far.
Despite this, Alcaraz basically dispelled all doubts at the beginning, gaining a break in the second game. The Spaniard just dominated the whole game, being unbeatable in the rallies, showing amazing serve & volley actionsvery or tormenting his rival with dropshots. Medvedev could not do much against an opponent being in such a top form this day. Alcaraz was untouchable in own service games, facing no breakpoints, and putting instant pressure on Medvedev's serve. Whole the match took no longer than 72 minutes. It was possibly one of the best performances of Alcaraz in the big stage matches, with still many more to come in his long career ahead of him.
"It means a lot to me. To recover the top spot in rankings is crazy for me. But especially to lift the trophy here for me means a lot. I love this tournament. I really enjoy my time here and of course I felt the love from the people from day one. For me, it's amazing to complete these 10 days like this. Of course winning a tournament, it gives you a lot of confidence. I am playing great. Of course today, the conditions today were pretty tough. Of course Daniil did not play at his best, obviously. All I can say is I am really happy with my performance, the way that I was playing this tournament. I am looking forward to playing this level in Miami as well." - said Alcaraz in the post-match interview.
Here are the final's highlights: