Carlos Alcaraz beats Yannick Sinner and reaches the final of Indian Wells

Carlos Alcaraz is on the verge of regaining the world number one ranking after he defeated Spain’s Yannick Sinner to book a place in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Top seed Alcaraz defeated Sinner 7-6 (4) 6-3 in a thrilling encounter reminiscent of their epic clash at the US Open last year.

An early break allowed Alcaraz to gain a 4-2 advantage, but Sinner lost three straight games on the way to a 6-5 lead.

The Italian had a chance to take the first set, but Alcaraz managed to evade the set point and force a tiebreaker.

The effort signaled a change of momentum for Alcaraz, who claimed a tie-breaker and cruised to win the second set, wrapping up the match in an hour and 52 minutes.

Alcaraz will face Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final, after the world number six earlier beat Frances Tiafoe in a grueling back-and-forth match.

American Tiafoe saved seven match points in a spirited finish in the first semi-final but eventually lost 7-5, 7-6 (4) as Medvedev racked up 19 straight victories.

Victory over Medvedev would return Alcaraz to world number one after injury brought his former reign at the top to an early end.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Neil Skupski and his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhoff failed to win the doubles final, as they defeated Rohan Bopanna and Matt Ebden 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.

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