Carlos Alcaraz becomes the 3rd teenager to reach multiple finals at the Sunshine Double, moving closer to dethroning Novak Djokovic as world No. 1

Carlos Alcaraz secured his spot in the final of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday (March 18) by beating Jannik Sinner 7-6(4), 6-3.

Alcaraz put on an excellent tennis performance to reach his third Masters 1000 final. He has an impressive record of 13-1 wins and losses this season.

After winning the Miami Masters last season, the Spaniard reached his second final at the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells and Miami) as a teenager, becoming only the third player to do so.

Others who have accomplished this feat include former world No. 1 Andre Agassi, in 1990, and Novak Djokovic, in 2007. Both players were runners-up at Indian Wells before winning in Miami.

Carlos Alcaraz also has a chance to dethrone Djokovic as world No. 1. The Spaniard gave up the top spot after the Serb won the Australian Open in January. However, he can reclaim it by winning Sunday’s finals in Indian Wells.

With a win on Sunday, Carlos Alcaraz will reclaim world No. 1 over Novak Djokovic.

With a win on Sunday, Carlos Alcaraz will reclaim world No. 1 over Novak Djokovic.

Carlos Alcaraz meets Daniil Medvedev in the Indian Wells Masters final

Carlos Alcaraz in action at the Indian Wells Masters

Carlos Alcaraz meets Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Indian Wells Masters on Sunday (March 19). This will be the second meeting between the two, with the Russian emerging victorious in their previous encounter at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships (6-4, 6-1, 6-2).

Ahead of the big game, Alcaraz said he expected a tough and tactical fight against Medvedev and had to do “everything perfect” to win.

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“Ah. Well I know if I win tomorrow I’ll be No. 1. Well I’ll try not to think about it just to, like I said, just think about the things I have to do, you know,” Alcaraz said .

“Tomorrow I would say it’s going to be a really tactical match against Daniil, it’s going to be really tough. Let’s say I have to do everything perfectly. That’s all I’ll be thinking about tomorrow. But you know, it could be great. Of course, winning tomorrow,” he added.

If Alcaraz wins on Sunday, he will claim his third Masters 1000 title while also becoming the youngest champion at Indian Wells since Boris Becker in 1987.

If Medvedev triumphs, he will win his fourth consecutive title and extend his winning streak to 20 games. The 27-year-old would also become the first Russian to win at Indian Wells.

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