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Alcaraz Mitigates Medvedev for Indian Wells Crown

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Carlos Alcaraz was the betting favorite heading into Sunday’s ultimate in Indian Wells, and he lived as much as his favorite tag, recording a one-sided 6-3, 6-2 victory in opposition to Daniil Medvedev to carry his first Indian Wells trophy.

The victory worn out Medvedev’s 19-match successful streak and prevented the Russian from successful 4 titles in consecutive weeks, as he had no solutions to Alcaraz’s all-court sport.

Alongside the trophy, Alcaraz topples Djokovic on the high of the ATP singles rankings and heads into Miami because the defending champion.

Over in Florida, he’ll look to be the primary man to win the Sunshine Double since Roger Federer lifted each trophies in his legendary 2017 season.

Match Stats

  Carlos Alcaraz Daniil Medvedev
Aces 1 0
Double Faults 0 2
First Serve 37/49 (765) 31/48 (61%)
1st Serve Factors Received 30/37 (81%) 19/31 (61%)
2nd Serve Factors Received 7/12 (58% 7/17 (41%)
Break Factors Saved 0/0 (0%) 0/3 (0%)
Service Video games Performed 9 8
1st Serve Return Factors Received 12/31 (39%) 7/37 (19%)
2nd Serve Return Factors Received 10/17 (59%) 5/12 (42%)
Break Factors Transformed 3/3 (100%) 0/0 (0%)
Return Video games Performed 8 9
Web Factors Received 10/13 (77%) 8/15 (53%)
Winners 19 4
Unforced Errors 10 14
Service Factors Received 37/49 (76%) 26/48 (54%)
Return Factors Received 22/48 (56%) 12/49 (24%)
Whole Factors Received 59/97 (61%) 38/97 (39%)
Max Velocity 213 km/h (132 mph) 207 km/h (128 mph)
1st Serve Common Velocity 182 km/h (113 mph) 189 km/h (117 mph)
2nd Serve Common Velocity 146 km/h (90 mph) 159 km/h (98 mph)

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Ideas on the Match

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The writing was on the wall on this match through the first couple of video games, because it was clear Medvedev had no method to damage Alcaraz from the baseline.

Even probably the most cursory look on the match stats above exhibits utter domination, with Alcaraz successful in each space.

Medvedev solely managed to hit 4 winners and by no means actually gave Alcaraz something to consider, as he was completely both defending or impartial within the rally.

Apparently his first-serve speeds have been down 5 km/ h (3 mph) on common in comparison with the semi-final, which didn’t assist his trigger both (maybe wind-related), as Alcaraz gained 39% and 59% of first and second-serve return factors, respectively.

As I discussed in my semi-final recap, the temporary success Tiafoe loved was when he rushed ahead and served volleyed to take advantage of Medvedev’s deep courtroom place.

Alcaraz introduced all that and extra, throwing in his favoured drop shot to depart Medvedev reeling deep behind the baseline.

The Spaniard has a rock-solid all-court sport, and he’s one of many few gamers on tour who can come ahead or throw in a drop shot when it’s tactically the correct play and never just a few desperation shot to bail out of the rally.

As for Medvedev, his loopy successful streak has ended, however I anticipate him to proceed his type in Miami, the place he’ll be hoping for a faster floor. Sadly, I’m unsure he’ll get it, as coupled with the humidity and heavy balls, it is going to doubtless be one other slugfest.

Sooner or later, this matchup will solely be intriguing on faster taking part in surfaces the place Medvedev can do some harm. On ‘poisonous sluggish hardcourts’ and clay, Alcaraz will dominate simply, and I’d be stunned to see him drop units, by no means thoughts lose a match.

What did you guys consider the ultimate? Let me know within the feedback.

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