Indian Wells: Carlos Alcaraz faces Daniil Medvedev in BNP Paribas Open final after defeating Jannik Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz is one win away from regaining the world number one ranking after defeating Yannick Sinner to secure a place in the final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The 19-year-old Spaniard beat Siner 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in a thrilling semi-final and will now face Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Francis 7-5 7-6 (7-4). Tiafoe.
In a rematch of last year’s US Open quarter-final, Alcaraz secured an early break to lead 4-2 before his Italian opponent won three straight matches.
However, Sinner missed a set point and Alcaraz took him to a tie-breaker which he won, signaling a shift in momentum as the youngster cruised to victory in the space of two hours.
If he beats Medvedev in Sunday’s final, Alcaraz will regain the top spot in the rankings – having originally reached the top spot following his success at the US Open six months ago.
In the end, world No. 6 Medvedev overcame Tiafoe in a grueling encounter to record his 19th straight victory and reach the final of Indian Wells for the first time.
Tiafoe – who had beaten Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the previous round – managed to salvage seven points before finally succumbing to defeat.
Meanwhile, Britain Neil Skupsky Partnered by Dutchman Wesley Koolhoff, he narrowly missed out on winning the doubles final losing 6-3 2-6 10-8 to Rohan Bubanna and Matt Ebden.