2023 Indian Wells Masters Carlos Alcaraz vs Daniil Medvedev Final Preview & Prediction Match Deteles
Indian Wells Masters Carlos Alcaraz’s bid to return to world No. 1 has been derailed by Daniil Medvedev’s 19-match winning streak in the 2023 BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday. (Watch the final at 12 pm CET / 7 pm ET)
The pair could be finalists for the first time in the year’s opening ATP Masters 1000 event, but their respective appearances in this year’s championship match can hardly come as a surprise.
After postponing his season opener until February due to injury, Alcaraz has compiled a 13-1 record for 2023 and is yet to drop a set in Indian Wells. If the 19-year-old beats Medvedev, he will leapfrog Novak Djokovic to regain the top spot in the Pepperstone ATP rankings for the first time since January. A great motivation, but one that shouldn’t distract the Spaniard from work.
I know if I win tomorrow I’ll be number 1, [but] I try not to think about that,” said top seed Alcaraz after defeating Jannik Sinner in straight sets in Saturday’s semifinal. “[I’ll] just think about the things I have to I’d say it’s going to be a very tactical match against Daniels Gotta do everything right. That’s all I’m going to think about tomorrow.
2023 Indian Wells Masters Final Match Deteles
Medvedev has moved up one place to No.5 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings regardless of Sunday’s result and the 27-year-old has dominated the Tour for the past month. He has won 19 consecutive victories in four tournaments on three different continents, winning titles in Rotterdam, Doha, and Dubai, and is now one win from becoming the first player since Andy Murray in 2016 to win four Tour titles in five weeks. are far.
“Once you win, you never want to stop,” Medvedev, a four-time Masters 1000 champion, said on Saturday. I just want to win tomorrow.”
Medvedev can draw on his 1-0 lead in the ATP head-to-head series against the Spaniard for confidence ahead of his first Masters 1000 final since the 2021 Rolex Paris Masters. then the 18-year-old whom he beat in straight sets at Wimbledon in 2021.
It matters in our head-to-head and it has to count, that’s how tennis works, Medvedev said after his semifinal win against Frances Tiafoe. “I also have some matches that I lost when I was not at the top, but I certainly [in 2021] was not the player that I am now.”
It’s completely different right now,” agreed Alcaraz, the two-time Masters 1000 champion and Indian Wells 2022 semifinalist. “I’m an experienced guy, or at least I’m more experienced than that match. I know how to play against him. I’ve also practiced with him a few times, so it’s nothing new to me right now. So it’s going to be, I think, a completely different game.”
Medvedev’s 19-match winning streak has been fueled by his trademark characteristics: accurate serving and consistent hitting from the baseline. Alcaraz’s ability to break through those defenses with his groundstrokes will be crucial in deciding the outcome of Sunday’s final.
That’s a wall. He returns every ball, impossible shots”, Alcaraz said. “I’ve talked to my team that the returns [against him] are almost in the corner of the court and [he] keeps winning points … I probably [have] to hit my best shots to get a win against him.”
All of Alcaraz’s attributes make the Spaniard more likely to deploy a serve-and-volley strategy to capitalize on Medvedev’s famous deep return position. Tiafoe put the strategy to good effect in Saturday’s semifinals, and Medvedev is ready for the same in Alcaraz.
“It’s just an opportunity that they have, and the question for me is always if they start doing it, can I move my position?” Medvedev said. “Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t… So I give that opportunity, and then I try to use it to my advantage to try to outdo them.” At the same time, I know that if my comeback is a little out of character, there’s a good chance they’ll open court.”
Medvedev had never gone past the fourth round in Indian Wells before, finding his way to the final despite spraining his ankle in the fourth round against Alexander Zverev and dislocating his right thumb against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarterfinals. However, World No. 2 Alcaraz represents his biggest challenge yet.
Medvedev said, “He has amazing abilities, which are difficult to compare with everyone else.” “Once he hits that right hand, it’s amazing to watch. I don’t think there is anyone who can hit that quickly and with a top spin as well.
So he was No. 1 in the world, the youngest No. 1 in history. It means something. It is going to be great and fun to play against him.
THE PREDICTION Indian Wells Masters
A late Sunday watch between the two former world number players in the form of Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev should be exciting. The 19-year-old Alcaraz can return to the top of the world rankings with a win here after reaching the final without dropping a set this fortnight, beating his best teammates Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jannik Sinner in the last two rounds. With some exciting tennis. World number six Daniil Medvedev beat Frances Tiafoe in straight sets in his best performance of the week on Saturday, showing he has peaked at the right time to face Alcaraz, whom he defeated Have taken a 1-1 lead. face. Head to meet at Wimbledon in 2021. Alcaraz is certainly a completely different prospect two years later, but the 27-year-old Medvedev is on a 19-match winning streak heading into his first Masters final since 2021 after winning three tournaments in one. Row in Rotterdam, Doha, and Dubai.
The Russian has an excellent pedigree at this level with four wins from six finals at the Masters level, but Alcaraz has won both his ATP 1000 finals and the crowd will be largely on his side in this potential epic. It’s a really tough call, which should only help in Sunday’s play, but it looks like Alcaraz is in two positions and Medvedev in three positions, and it could cost the Spaniard at least one set as a fair over. let’s win Champions are aptly cautious picks. If pressed for a winner, Alcaraz looks like home in California.