Alcaraz Too Good For Medvedev, Defends Indian Wells Masters Title

by Staff | March 17th, 2024, 10:01 pm

Carlos Alcaraz‘s title drought is over. Today, the 20-year-old eased past Daniil Medvedev 7-6(5), 6-1 to claim his second straight Indian Wells Masters title.

“Winning this tournament means a lot to me because the week before it began, I had a lot of doubts about my ankle,” Alcaraz told the crowd. “I remember my first practice here was just 30 minutes with no movement and probably the first practice with really good tennis players was really tough for me, because I thought I was not going to play my best.

”I was not feeling well with my ankle, so a lot of doubts for me. But once I stepped on the court, the first round, I started to feel better.”

Alcaraz beat Medvedev in the final a year ago and did it again today, running away with the match dominating the second set.

Medvedev changed up court positioning and tactics, but the match-up proves elusive for the Russian as the speedy Alcaraz continues have all the answers.

“So I’m really, really happy with two weeks,” Medvedev said after another tough final loss. “Today, the first thing I asked myself in the locker room — not myself, my coach, I was like, I don’t feel I have any regrets. Do you have any regrets? He said, Yeah, we can talk about one shot here and there, but in general the match was not bad. He’s playing good.

“He managed in the first set at one moment to raise his level. I kind of managed to be there and to try to catch his level, but I was just a little bit down. In the end, this down was going down, down, down, and he was going up, up, up. So the result is, how you say, not expected but is a fair result for the match that it was.”

For Alcaraz, it was his first title since Wimbledon, his fifth at the Masters level and 13th overall of his career. He’s now 5-1 in Masters finals.

”Obviously winning tournaments helps a lot coming to to the next ones,” Alcaraz said. “Obviously winning a Masters 1000 again — it is a really difficult tournament to win — gives you extra motivation to keep going, extra confidence for Miami right now and for what’s next. For me it’s it’s amazing to lift this amazing trophy again, a really beautiful one.”

Both head to Miami as former winners, with Medvedev now playing as the defending champion.

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6 Comments for Alcaraz Too Good For Medvedev, Defends Indian Wells Masters Title

skeezer Says:

Congrats Alcarez, stellar win and great tournament which has been called the 5th Slam. Quality players entered and a high quality run tournament.
Great to see some real tennis news! Thanks for the coverage Tennis X

Alison hodge Says:

Alcaraz looks very good, him and Sinner, will be a great rivalry going forward….

skeezer Says:

Re watching the final, Alvarez really dismantled Med. He can match Meds power with more variety and speed. Hope this kid can stay healthy. On to Miami where the field is just as exciting.

Madmax Says:


Absolutely, and so many now who have more than that utmost passion and determination – at a different level – sinner too – where did he come from all of a sudden?

Exciting times for tennis. As you are the biggest rafa fan here Alison, I ask you directly, what is happening with Rafa’s return?

lylenubbins Says:

In top form, Carlos takes what are “rally balls” for other players, and pummels the crap out of them or hits a great drop shot which is highly effective because the other player thinks he’s going to pummel the crap out of it. That Carlos showed up this week. Congrats!

Alison hodge Says:

Rafas playing Monte Carlos apparently Madmax, I’m not getting into the whole thing about will he or won’t he play, I’ll stick with the here the now it’s Carlos time, and Sinner 😀

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