Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek win at Indian Wells

Alcaraz and Swiatek won in strikingly similar fashion

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Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek are Indian Wells champions again. Alcaraz is a back-to-back champion who erases the criticism of not winning a title since 2023 Wimbledon. Swiatek is a two-time champion also with her previous title in 2022.

Alcaraz and Swiatek's wins were strikingly similar against Daniil Medvedev and Maria Sakkari respectively. Both matches were a tug-of-war in the first set, but once Alcaraz and Swiatek got the lead, they were off and running.

The other similarity is that Alcaraz and Swiatek both had the bakery going in the second set. Alcaraz was serving breadsticks, and Swiatek served bagels.

What Alcaraz and Swiatek's wins mean

Their victories mean that the younger generation is ruling professional tennis. Alcaraz is 20, and Swiatek is 22. Medvedev and Sakkari are both 28. With tennis's hottest stars getting younger, there is a risk that the nearly thirty-somethings will be less competitive.

In Swiatek's case, if she wins the first set, she is practically impossible to defeat. Sakkari's only chance was to win the first set and force her to play from behind. Elena Rybakina, Coco Gauff, Aryna Sabalenka, and Jelena Ostapenko are among the select few players on the WTA Tour that can get a lead on Swiatek and beat her.

As for Alcaraz, he has played his best tennis of the year at Indian Wells. He avenged his Australian Open loss to Alexander Zverev and defeated his good friend and biggest rival Jannik Sinner. Alcaraz admitted that he sometimes looks at social media so he knows he had plenty of critics, some of which are silenced after this weekend.

Both Alcaraz and Swiatek want to keep up their winning ways in Miami. Capturing the Sunshine Double (winning both Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back) is difficult but doable for both given the level of tennis they played in the latter rounds of Indian Wells.

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