Alcaraz Makes More ATP Masters 1000 History By Reaching Indian Wells Final
Editor's note: This story was translated from ATPTour.com/es
Carlos Alcaraz is relentlessly rewriting the annals of professional tennis. On Saturday, the Murcia native reached the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, once again underlining his status as one of the ATP Tour’s most feared players. With a smile on his face after a job well done, the Spaniard has found yet another way to etch his name into the history books.
Alcaraz is the 18th man to have reached singles finals at both Indian Wells and Miami, demonstrating his ability to adapt at two of the most iconic events on the calendar. Having won his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy last year in South Florida — becoming the youngest winner in the history of the tournament and the third-youngest champion overall in the prestigious category — the Spaniard will be bidding to add to his fast-growing trophy collection when he takes on Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's Southern California final.
Players Who Have Reached Singles Finals In Indian Wells & Miami
The achievement is even rarer than reaching World No. 1, with the Miami event first being played in 1985. Since the start of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings in 1973, a total of 28 players have managed to reach its peak in singles, while only 18 have progressed to the final in both Indian Wells and Miami.
It is a list replete with legends, including all members of the Big Four and many of the great players of the 1980s and 1990s, who are now joined by the latest superstar of men’s professional tennis. It is yet another historic feat to add to a career that is progressing at breakneck speed.
Alcaraz, who this week reached the milestone of his 100th tour-level win, will be vying to cap off a magical week in the desert when he clashes with Medvedev, the only current Top 10 player he is yet to defeat among those he has played (excludes Fritz, Rublev).
Did You Know?
Carlos Alcaraz is attempting to become the youngest player in history to complete the career ‘Sunshine Double’, by claiming the Indian Wells and Miami ATP Masters 1000 titles before turning 20. The man from Murcia would break the records set by Michael Chang, Jim Courier and Novak Djokovic, who all completed the set at the age of 20.