Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek Champions at Indian Wells

by Stefan Jonsson
Carlos Alcaraz win the 2024 Indian Wells

Carlos Alcaraz, the 20-year-old Spaniard, arrived at the 2024 BNP Paribas Open with some doubt over his right ankle as well as his general form this year. Well, he proved what he’s made of and once again showed his extreme talent when he lifted the Indian Wells Masters trophy for the second straight year.

Once again he also defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final in straight sets, even if it was a bit tighter this time. With Medvedev starting strong, Alcaraz had to turn over a 3-0 deficit to finally win 7-6 (5), 6-1.

First trophy since Wimbledon

This was Carlos Alcaraz first title since winning Wimbledon in 2023 and most of us recently forgot, just how good he can play when he’s on top of his game.

“It means a lot to me, lifting this trophy, winning this tournament, because I overcome a lot of problems in my head, a lot of problems physically. It was so special for that.” he commented after the match.

It was of course tough for world ranked no 3 Daniil Medvedev to lose the final for two straight years. However, these two players are full of praise for each other.

“It’s definitely your court, you like it here,” the Russian said during the victory ceremony. “Hopefully you can one day let me play a little bit better here.”

The Spaniard, who is the first player to defend his Indian Wells title in 8 years (Djokovic had 3 in a row 2014-16), commented: “I enjoy playing these kind of matches with you,” Alcaraz told Medvedev during the trophy ceremony. “Hopefully more finals ahead.”

Iga Swiatek beat Sakkari for title

Swiatek after winning the 2024 Indian Wells

No 1 ranked Iga Swiatek managed the high expectations on her going into the Indian Wells and clinched the title in style. In a repeat of the 2022 final here, the Polish star beat Maria Sakkari in straight sets (6-4, 6-0) after a very convincing 2nd set.

This was the second title this year after winning the Qatar Open earlier. It was also the 8th WTA 1000 title of her successful career.

Swiatek did not drop a single set in the whole event at the Indian Wells Gardens and she lost only 21 games in her six matches.

The final has its moments of being a tight affair in the first set, but in the end it was never really in doubt with Swiatek showing that extreme efficiency that we have become used to.

“I want to thank my team. I don’t even know what for! Every little thing that we work on works on the court. We’re going to celebrate! Thank you for making this feel like home.” was the reaction from Iga after the win.

Maria Sakkari was of course disappointed after the final loss, however the future once again looks bright for the Greek talent which just appointed new coach David Witt.

“Sorry I couldn’t put up a better fight. Credit to Iga. You’re an amazing player and an incredible champion. I’m really hoping we can play a lot more finals.” she commented after the loss.

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