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Alcaraz climbs the throne, sinning towards the top ten – tennis

Alcaraz climbs the throne, sinning towards the top ten – tennis

Carlos Alcaraz poses with the championship trophy in Indian Wells. © APA/Matthew Stockman

Carlos Alcaraz won the Masters title in Indian Wells for the first time in his career, and again took first place in the tennis world in the new ranking.

After his semi-final victory over Yannick Siner, the 19-year-old Spaniard won last night’s final (Central European) 6:3, 6:2 against Daniil Medvedev and will replace Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings that will apply. from Monday.

The Serb did not compete in the $10.1 million hard court tournament in Southern California because he was not allowed to enter the United States due to the lack of a coronavirus vaccine.

“It’s a dream come true for me. Once again.”
Carlos Alcaraz

Alcaraz was overjoyed after the tournament in Indian Wells. “It’s a dream come true for me. Once again,” said the Iberian. Of his performance in the past two weeks, he said, “Of course it’s a great feeling to be up against such an outstanding player as Novak. I would say this was the perfect tournament.”

After the events in Miami and Madrid, this is the third Masters in Alcaraz’s career. And in front of Medvedev, he converted the second match point after about 70 minutes. Alcaraz finished first in the world last year and was the youngest professional at the time.

Wrong in eleventh place

Jannik Sener, on the other hand, missed the opportunity to make a comeback: nothing happened to him in the weekend when he reached the top 10 since September 26, 2022. After the semifinals against Alcaraz in Indian Wells, he was 11th in the ATP standings. The Professionals, after all, worked his way up two spots.

Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz after the semi-finals in Indian Wells. © APA/Julian Finney

A look at the annual standings, the so-called Race to Torino (ATP Finals in November), shows the good form of the 21-year-old from Sesto, where he sits sixth.

For Sinner, the current world rankings are only a snapshot anyway. He moved from California to Miami on Sunday, as the second Masters tournament of the season is scheduled for Wednesday. When the championship tree was drawn early Monday evening (CET), Sinner was No. 10.