Rafael Nadal congratulates Carlos Alcaraz on victory at Indian Wells
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Thanks to the clear success obtained in the final against Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz conquered the third Masters 1000 title of his career in Indian Wells. The Spanish talent thus overtook Novak Djokovic and again reached the first position of the ATP ranking; position that he will try to defend at the Miami Open.
Alcaraz, to confirm his supremacy, will have to get the first Sunshine Double of his career. Last year, only Rafael Nadal prevented him from achieving a historic brace. The 22-time Grand Slam champion congratulated his countryman for the incredible journey he lived in Indian Wells.
"Congratulations on being number one again and winning the title at Indian Wells." Alcaraz wasted no time and immediately posted Nadal's story on his account writing: "Thank you very much, Rafa!"
Rafa's come back
Due to the injury suffered in the second round match at the Australian Open, Nadal decided not to put his body at risk and to return to the field directly on clay.
The Spaniard confirmed his participation in the Masters 1000 Monte Carlo directly to tournament director David Massey. "Rafa was the first player to confirm his presence. He wants to play in Monaco and is doing everything to star in a tournament that he won eleven times in singles, eight in a row between 2005 and 2012.
Nadal won't be in the Top 10 for the first time in a long time. It will be interesting to see where he finds himself in the standings," explained Massey in a recent interview. In addition to Nadal, Djokovic also did not play the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000.
The American government has rejected the request to obtain a special permit and the Belgrader will have to wait a few more months to be able to enter the United States freely. Djokovic will take to the field in Monte Carlo to kick off the clay court season.
As confirmed by Goran Invanisevic, the goal is to arrive in the best possible conditions at the Roland Garros.