Carlos Alcaraz (ATP 2) is the second finalist at the ATP Masters 1,000 tournament in Indian Wells (hard court/8.8 million dollars). The Spanish top seed defeated Italian Jannik Sinner (ATP 13) in the second semifinal on Saturday after an hour and 54 minutes of tennis in two sets (7-6 (7/4) and 6-3).
Nineteen-year-old Alcaraz will meet Daniil Medvedev (ATP 6) in the final. The Russian fifth seed settled in his semi-final earlier in the evening in two sets (7-5 and 7-6 (7/4)) with the American Frances Tiafoe (ATP 16).
Medvedev is in a final on the ATP circuit for the 31st time in his career. He has 18 titles to his name. Medvedev is undefeated for 19 games in a row. He is trying to win a fourth tournament in a row, after Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai.
If Alcaraz takes the title in Indian Wells, he will replace Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP ranking again. The Serb is missing in California and next week in Miami, because he refuses to be vaccinated against the corona virus. Djokovic is therefore not allowed to enter the United States.
Alcaraz can win his eighth ATP title on Sunday in his eleventh final. Last month he was the best in Buenos Aires and then lost the final in Rio de Janeiro. Medvedev and Alcaraz only played against each other once before, at Wimbledon in 2021. Then the Russian was clearly too strong in three sets in the second round.