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Indian Wells Open: Carlos Alcaraz Halts Jannik Sinner's Win Juggernaut, Enters Final

Italy's Jannik Sinner had won 19 matches in a row before the Indian Wells Open 2024 semi-final, but succumbed to Carlos Alcaraz's brilliance eventually. The Spaniard won 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to book a summit clash against the winner of the other last-four match between Tommy Paul and Daniil Medvedev

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Carlos Alcaraz returns to Jannik Sinner during their Indian Wells Open 2024 semi-final match in California. Photo: Mark J Terrill/AP
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Carlos Alcaraz ended Jannik Sinner’s winning run as he claimed a place in the BNP Paribas Open final 1-6 6-3 6-2. (More Tennis News)

Australian Open champion Sinner had won 16 straight matches to begin the year – and 19 in all stretching back to last season – but the number three seed had no answer to the Spaniard after winning the first set.

Defending Indian Wells champion Alcaraz was broken twice after a three-hour rain delay as Sinner raced to a 6-1 first set victory.

But having faced deuce on his opening service game of the second set, the Spaniard grabbed the initiative with an early break.

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He saved break points in successive games and served out to level the match. Alcaraz, who would have surrendered the world number two spot to Sinner with a defeat, again broke early in the deciding set.

He dropped just three points on his serve, rattling off five straight games to lead 5-1, clinching victory on his third match point in just over two hours.

“I stayed strong mentally,” said Alcaraz. “I think that’s a really important part in this game. You have to be strong mentally if you want to overcome these kind of matches, a set down against someone that’s playing an unbelievable game.

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“I changed my style a little bit, I changed my game a little bit and I think it worked very well. I’m really happy to beat Jannik and be in the final again.”

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