Only a triumph at the Indian Wells tournament separated Carlos Alcaraz from world number one. The Spaniard got his way by beating an unrecognizable Danill Medevev in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday night.

On the one hand, the aspirant to the first place in the world rankings and the best player of his generation. On the other, the best player in 2023 and the holder of a streak of 19 consecutive victories. Everything was in place for a great game. The best possible final, some said, legitimately. However, this match was one-sided in favor of the Spaniard. So much so that it darkened the evening after a constant battle in the women’s final.

Medvedev was broken in his first service game. It was then the prelude to a catastrophic final for the Russian.

Alcaraz had fun as if his opponent was a sparring partner. He played with finesse and all his balls ended up kissing the lines if he wanted to.

Each bullet fell like the torture of the drop of water for Medvedev. Overwhelmed, dominated and irregular.

Alcaraz dominated in all facets of the game, on an excessively slow surface, to his advantage as a clay court specialist.

It is an eighth career title for the 19-year-old.

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