Carlos Alcaraz is back on top of the mountain.
The Spaniard won his first-ever Indian Wells Open title following a 6-3, 6-2 win over Daniil Medvedev in just over an hour on Sunday.
It was all the more impressive considering Medvedev was on a 19-match winning streak going into the final as Alcaraz reclaimed the World No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic in the process.
More than anything, he was happy to win one of his favorite tournaments.
“It means a lot to me. To recover the No. 1 [ranking] is crazy for me,” Alcaraz said (via Tennis365). “But especially to lift the trophy here for me means a lot… I love this tournament. I really enjoy my time here and of course I felt the love from the people from day one. For me, it’s amazing to complete these 10 days like this.”
Alcaraz will look to defend his Miami Open title next which commences later this week. Should he do just that, he will complete the Sunshine Double and become the first player to achieve the rare feat since Roger Federer won both Indian Wells and Miami in the same year back in 2017.
“Of course winning a tournament, it gives you a lot of confidence [entering Miami],” Alvarez added. “I’m playing great. Of course today, the conditions today were pretty tough. Of course Daniil didn’t play at his best, obviously.
“All I can say is I’m really happy with my performance, the way that I [was] playing this tournament. I’m looking forward to playing this level in Miami as well.”