Indian Wells: Carlos Alcaraz faces Daniil Medvedev in the BNP Paribas Open final after defeating Jannik Sinner | Tennis news
Carlos Alcaraz is just one win away from regaining his world No 1 spot after beating Jannik Sinner to secure a spot in the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells.
The 19-year-old Spaniard beat Sinner 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in a thrilling semi-final and will now face Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who won 7-5 7 -6 (7-4) against Frances Tiafoe.
In a replay of last year’s epic US Open quarter-final, Alcaraz took an early break to take a 4-2 lead against the Italian, who won three games in a row.
However, Sinner missed a scoring opportunity and Alcaraz sent him to a tie-break which he won, signaling a change of momentum as the teenager won within two hours. .
If he overtakes Medvedev in Sunday’s final, Alcaraz will reclaim the top spot in the standings – which peaked after success at the US Open six months ago.
World No 6 Medvedev finally beat Tiafoe in a grueling encounter to record his 19th straight win and reach the Indian Wells final for the first time.
Tiafoe – who beat England’s Cameron Norrie in the previous round – took seven match points before succumbing to defeat.
Meanwhile, England Neal Skupski, teamed up with Dutch athlete Wesley Koolhof, narrowly missed winning the doubles final when they lost 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 to Rohan Bopanna and Matt Ebden.