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“Time to give out a new one”: Medvedev lost to Alcaraz in the Indian Wells Masters final and broke his 19-win streak

The deciding match of the Masters in Indian Wells was worthy of a Grand Slam tournament as it brought together some of the brightest players on the ATP Tour today. Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest player to become the world number one tennis player, and Daniil Medvedev is the holder of phenomenal winning streak of 19 matches. The Russian won trophies in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai before traveling to the U.S., losing only five sets to his opponents.

Needless to say that Daniil’s determination to win in this match was boundless. He was not embarrassed by too slow coverage which he had complained about since the first day, nor a small injury received in the game of the fourth round with Alexander Zverev. Medvedev even joked about it, saying he had begun to play better after hurting his ankle and the court somehow got faster for the semifinals.

He defeated Francis Tiafoe in two sets and reached another unique achievement. Medvedev won all fifteen of his US Masters matches since 1990, when the ATP Tour as it stands today was created, with 138 players from different countries playing ten or more matches against American players, according to Opta.

Alcaraz was nearly as motivated as Medvedev, who would return to the top spot if he won the final. But, according to the Spaniard, that was exactly what he needed to put out of his mind and concentrate solely on his game. Especially since it was, as Carlos himself stressed, the best tennis player in the world at the moment to confront him.

“He’s a wall. Hits every ball, even shots that are impossible to hit back. My team and I say he pulls practically out of the corner of the court and still scores points. He’s a great player. I always say if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best and I would say Daniil is the best player by far… He’s got an amazing winning streak. For me personally it will be a serious challenge, but I’m well prepared for it. I’ll give my best in the final tomorrow,” the tennis player said on the eve of the match.

Previously their paths crossed only once – in the second round of Wimbledon-2021 – and Medvedev won in three sets. But Daniel stressed that a lot has changed since then, and Alcaraz is a completely different player today than he was more than two years ago.

“He has great skills that are hard to compare to anyone else. His forehand is a sight to behold. I don’t think there’s anyone else who can hit with that much power, and he’s a topspin. That’s why he’s the youngest first baseman in the history of the world. That means something. Playing against him will be exciting and great,” said the Russian.

Indeed, the game in Indian Wells did not resemble the first meeting of the tennis players in London. This time it was a Spaniard who completely ruled and did not allow his opponent to show any of his best qualities. Medvedev couldn’t play winning combinations because Alcaraz stopped them at once. He often changed the direction of his shots and without hesitation went to the net and attacked at the first opportunity. The ratio of actively winning balls speaks for itself: 19-4 in favor of the Spaniard.

The Russian had only a hint of a break-point when he made it 40-40 in the eighth game of the second set. But Alcaraz was already serving and he did not let go. But Daniil lost his serve three times, but it is impossible to say that he had any particular problem with this element. The former world number one player hit the first ball consistently (65%), but the Spaniard won 12 out of 31 points even with a very strong serve. Alcaraz won on more than half of his second shots (10 of 17).

As a result, the match was over in one hour and 12 minutes. Thanks to this victory, Alcaraz regained first place in the world rankings, and Daniil stopped one step away from repeating his best winning streak of 20 matches. That’s how many he hasn’t lost in two seasons, in 2020 and 2021;

“It would be cool to set a new record and maybe try to rewrite it for as long as possible. It’s great to have a series like that. Very disappointed that it was interrupted. But to have this many wins in a row gave me a lot of confidence because I missed that kind of series last year. I got to the finals sometimes, went to Cincinnati, got to the semifinals, kind of good, but not good enough to go to the finals. I won 19 games in a row. I’m proud of that, but now it’s time to try to win again. There is no other way in tennis,” the Russian said at the post-match press conference.

According to Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev, Medvedev was unable to offer decent resistance to his opponent due to the fact that he had a slump in form in the final.

“Alcaraz is very motor, played great on set pieces and was more versatile. He was very successful in getting to the net. Danya, on the other hand, couldn’t play anything against him on such a surface. Alcaraz played well in the finals. Danya was a little past his peak form, started the match poorly and immediately gave up the initiative,” TASS quoted the specialist as saying.

Medvedev will be able to start a new winning streak this week – he’ll play at the Masters Series tournament in Miami.

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