Alcaraz routs Medvedev in Indian Wells final to reclaim No 1 ranking

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Carlos Alcaraz has regained the satellite No 1 ranking aft claiming the BNP Paribas Open rubric successful Indian Wells without losing a set.

The 19-year-old Spaniard ended Daniil Medvedev's 19-match winning streak with a 6-3 6-2 triumph to reclaim the apical spot successful the ATP rankings that helium mislaid to Novak Djokovic successful January.

Medvedev - who has climbed 1 spot to No 5 - had won his 3 erstwhile tournaments successful Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai.

He had besides won the pair's lone erstwhile gathering - astatine Wimbledon successful 2021 - but the 27-year-old had nary reply to his teenage opponent's diligent but assertive gameplan successful windy conditions.

Alcaraz seized power with an contiguous interruption successful some sets, opening a 3-0 pb successful the archetypal and winning the archetypal 10 points successful the 2nd arsenic helium raced distant to a 4-0 advantage.

And helium seldom looked troubled arsenic Medvedev failed to repetition the sparkling signifier from his semi-final triumph implicit Frances Tiafoe.

Carlos Alcaraz returns the shot  during the last  of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tourney  played connected  March 19, 2023 astatine  the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Image: Alcaraz moves backmost supra Novak Djokovic astatine the apical of the satellite rankings

Alcaraz deed 18 winners to Medvedev's five, repeatedly exploiting his opponent's heavy presumption with a drawstring of driblet shots.

He clinched his 3rd ATP Masters 1000 rubric - joining compatriot Rafael Nadal arsenic the lone men to scope that people arsenic a teen - without facing a interruption point.

And helium volition pursuit a fourth, inactive 2 shy of Nadal's tally earlier turning 20, erstwhile helium aims to support his Miami Open rubric from Saturday.

"I'm playing great," said Alcaraz. "Of people today, the conditions contiguous were beauteous tough. Daniil didn't play astatine his best, obviously.

"All I tin accidental is I'm truly blessed with my performance, the mode that I was playing this tournament. I'm looking guardant to playing this level successful Miami arsenic well."