Carlos Alcaraz hands Jannik Sinner first loss in 2024, into Indian Wells final

It appears nothing can stop Carlos Alcaraz on a tennis court. At least not at Indian Wells.

On Thursday, a swarm of bees ran him off the court. On Saturday, he needed to overcome a three-hour rain delay and come from down a set against a player chasing a historical start to the 2024 season.

But the 20-year-old Spanish tennis star somehow made it through to Sunday’s final at the BNP Paribas Open final, following a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Jannik Sinner of Italy on Stadium Court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Alcaraz, the second seed in the draw, will now play in Sunday’s final, against Daniil Medvedev of Russia, for a chance to become the first player, man or woman, to repeat as Indian Wells champion since Novak Djokovic won a third consecutive title here in 2016. The two met in last year’s championship too.

“We were laughing about it with Jannik when it suspended, because I had bees, had the rain,” Alcaraz said. “Let’s see what’s gonna happen tomorrow. Maybe a random guy… Who knows?”

Carlos Alcaraz plays in the mens semifinal match against Jannik Sinner at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., March 16, 2024.

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The loss ended Sinner’s remarkable unbeaten run to start the season. At 16-0 prior to the match, Sinner, the third seed at Indian Wells, was attempting to become just the fifth man in the history of the ATP Tour, which began in 1990, to start the season with 17 consecutive wins. The only four to accomplish the feat are Djokovic (2011, 2013, 2020), Roger Federer (2018), Rafael Nadal (2022) and Pete Sampras (1997).

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