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Alcaraz vs. Medvedev: Head-to-head, stats, all you need to know about the rivalry (updated after Indian Wells final)

Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev met in the Indian Wells final on Sunday and are building a burgeoning rivalry on the ATP Tour

Alcaraz and Medvedev Antoine Couvercelle / Panoramic

Alcaraz vs. Medvedev: Head-to-Head (1-1)

Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev have now met twice, with each player winning one match each.

Their most recent meeting came in the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells in March 2023, with Alcaraz coming out on top, 6-3, 6-2 to regain the world No 1 spot.

“Carlos is deservedly world No 1,” Medvedev said. “He won more points than everybody else in last 52 weeks, and that’s how rankings work. Yeah, he was also year-end No 1 last year. That’s something I haven’t done, so I’ll try, for sure, in my career.”

Carlos Alcaraz at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells || 260302_0187
Antoine Couvercelle / Panoramic

The first time they played was before Alcaraz climbed to the top of the rankings, at Wimbledon in 2021, when Medvedev cruised through to round three with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win. The Spaniard had just turned 18 years old at the time and was ranked No 75 in the world.

“If I’m not wrong, when I played against him he was No 2 in the world,” Alcaraz reflected. “I just started to play on the tour, so I was not experienced player. For me, (it) was a strange match. Right now is totally different. I’m (an) experienced guy — at least I’m more experienced (than in) that match. I know how to play against him.”

Who has won more titles between Alcaraz and Medvedev?

Medvedev has been on tour much longer than Alcaraz and is the owner of 18 titles. That includes the 2021 US Open and a current hot streak of three tournaments won in succession. Alcaraz has won eight titles, highlighted by the 2022 US Open.

Who has the better stats in terms of win-loss and prize money?

Alcaraz’s career earnings stand at $13,389,807. Medvedev comes in at $28,611,469

Alcaraz is 104-32 lifetime on the main tour; Medvedev is 291-121.

Alcaraz and Medvedev: Are they friends?

Alcaraz and Medvedev appear to have a good relationship. The Spaniard said prior to the Indian Wells final that there would be no secrets about each other’s game because they are occasional practice partners.

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