Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner meet this Saturday in the semifinal match of the Indian Wells Master 1000, after the Spaniard defeated Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (6-4/6-4) in the quarterfinals, a rival whom he had not been able to break so far.
The Murcian will play the semifinals in the Californian desert for the second consecutive year (in 2022 he lost to Rafa Nadal in an epic match) and, if he took the Indian Wells title, he would recover the number one in the world now held by the Serbian Novak Djokovic.
Alcaraz will not have it easy against Sinner, who beat current tournament champion, American Taylor Fritz, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 this Thursday in the quarterfinals in two hours and 17 minutes.
In addition, the Italian already knows what it is to beat Murcia. The current number 13 in the world ranking defeated Alcaraz in the Umag final in 2022 and eliminated him in the round of 16 at Wimbledon, but in the quarterfinals of the US Open he fell to the Murcian after an exciting match.
The other Indian Wells semifinal will be played by the American Frances Tiafoe and the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who is living a fabulous moment with 18 straight matches won and three tournaments won in a row (Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai).
With his victory last morning at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 against the Canadian Auger-Aliassime, Alcaraz matched the numbers of a 2022 that was to frame for the young Murcian tennis player, who has a baggage of 12 wins and a single loss in this start of the season.
Beyond the good start to the year, the Murcian could regain number 1 in the ATP ranking if he wins his two remaining games in California. Today Alcaraz continues with the 6,780 points he already had and is 380 behind Djokovic, who added 180 by being a semifinalist at the ATP 500 in Dubai, where he lost to the Russian Daniil Medvedev by a double 4-6.
The Indian Wells Master 1000 semifinal match between Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner will be held this Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. The clash can be seen on television on Movistar and can also be followed live on the La Vanguardia website.