When Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner met in the past it was always a spectacle and it was no different at the 2023 Indian Wells.
The two youngsters had a lot to fight for in the second semifinal match of the 2023 Indian Wells. While Alcaraz has a chance to become the world no. 1 if he wins the event, Sinner could return to the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings with a final appearance in the Californian desert.
In their previous four meetings on the ATP Tour, both players won twice and their last two matches went into a decider. In Umag, Sinner won 2-1 but then Alcaraz won at the US Open 3-2.
Both started patiently in their fifth meeting on the ATP Tour, but eventually the Spaniard was the first player to gain a significant advantage as he pushed himself into a 4-2 lead.
But Sinner made him fight for every point once again and for a second, Alcaraz couldn't find any answers to the Italian's shots. Sinner won eleven consecutive points and when the scoreboard showed 5-4, he was only one game away from taking the first set.
In the twelfth game, the Italian even had a set point but after he failed to use it, a tie-break had to decide. There, Alcaraz was a better player and despite losing initial 3-1 lead, he comfortably won it 7-4 to take the first set.
The Spaniard was a much better player in the second set. He sprinted ahead early on once again, but this time he didn't lose his advantage.
On the contrary, he could extend it to two breaks, but Sinner showed his fighting spirit and saved all three break points that his opponent had in the sixth game of the second set.
But then, Alcaraz had no problem serving out the match and winning it in an hour and 52 minutes 7-6(4), 6-3 to reach his maiden Indian Wells final.
In the final match, the 19-year-old will meet Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Frances Tiafoe in two sets earlier on the day and will also play his first final in Indian Wells.