Top seed Carlos Alcaraz has snapped Daniil Medvedev’s 19-match win streak with a 6-3 6-2 rout in the Indian Wells Masters final that will see him leapfrog Novak Djokovic and return to world No.1 in the rankings.

Alcaraz enjoyed a dream start to the matchup of first-time Indian Wells finalists on Sunday as he got an early break for a 2-0 lead and dropped just six points on serve as he raced through the opening set in 36 minutes.

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Russian fifth seed Medvedev, who was looking to add another title to the ones he collected in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai over the last month, was unable to stop the bleeding and had no answer for the Spaniard’s brilliance the rest of the way.

Alcaraz broke to love in the first game of the second set and held at love for a 2-0 lead as a resigned Medvedev dropped 10 consecutive points.

A commentator on the broadcast said what the tennis world was thinking, “There is a new king.”

The hard-hitting Spanish teenager kept dragging Medvedev from corner to corner and consolidated another break for a commanding 4-0 lead while barely breaking a sweat as he closed out a seemingly stress-free victory in 70 minutes without facing a break point.

The victory marked the third ATP Masters 1000 trophy for 19-year-old Alcaraz, who became the youngest world No.1 last September when he won the US Open and held that spot for 20 weeks until Djokovic reclaimed it in January.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz wins the Indian Wells Masters final and returns to world No.1 in the rankings. Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Former American Tennis player Pam Shriver was among those who took to Twitter to express their excitement.

“This level from Alcaraz is beyond!!” wrote Shriver.

American commentator and coach Brad Gilbert said he was “so impressed with what he is doing so far,” while Patrick McEnroe hailed it “an absolute master class.”

Meanwhile in the women’s competition, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has beaten a misfiring Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (11-9) 6-4 to claim the Indian Wells title and avenge her loss to the Belarusian in the Australian Open final.

Rybakina, playing in her first WTA 1000 final, saved three set points in the opening frame and was never really tested in the second on Sunday where she cruised to a victory that will send her to a career-high seventh in the rankings.

The triumph in the California desert was the fourth career WTA singles title for the 23-year-old Rybakina and her first against second seed Sabalenka in five attempts.

“It’s actually the first time it went my way (against her) so we’ll see, hopefully we are going to play many more finals,” Rybakina said during the trophy presentation before Sabalenka stepped in and joked: “I’ll make sure it was the last one.”

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