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Carlos Alcaraz has rallied from a set down after a three-hour rain delay to end Jannik Sinner’s 19-match winning streak and clinch a spot in the final at Indian Wells. The Spaniard defeated Sinner 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the BNP Paribas Open decider while also retaining his world No 2 ranking with the victory.

Alcaraz extended his own winning streak to 11 matches at Indian Wells as he moved into the final where he will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Tommy Paul and Daniil Medvedev.

Sinner led 2-1 in the first set when the match was suspended for more than three hours because of rain in the Southern California desert. Rain had also affected the women’s semi-finals the day before.

Australian Open champion Sinner has been the hottest player on tour this year and looked poised to run away with the match after play resumed and the Spaniard sent a forehand long to end the 34-minute opening set.

But Alcaraz changed his tactics from there, coming to the net more and moving Sinner up and back. Alcaraz earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game with a forehand drop volley winner. The right-hander faced a break point on his serve in the seventh game, but shook it off to eventually serve out the set.

The Spaniard broke Sinner in the third and fifth games of the third, while both players were blasting the ball from their side and attacking the net which made for several entertaining and sharply angled volley exchanges.

Alcaraz led 40-love on his serve for his first match point when he netted a backhand. Sinner’s smash dashed Alcaraz’s second match point before the Spaniard closed it out with a forehand crosscourt winner.

“I stayed strong mentally and that’s very important,” Alcaraz said. “I had to run more, defend better than I did in the first set. Put more balls in. Stay strong on the court.”

Sinner paid the price for 38 unforced errors to 24 for Alcaraz, although the Italian also had 21 winners to 19 for Alcaraz.

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The Italian could have leapfrogged Alcaraz and into No 2 in the world rankings with a victory, after winning 19 matches in a row including 16 straight this year.

In the women’s doubles final, top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and Elise Mertens of Belgium defeated third-seeded Storm Hunter of Australia and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4. The winners split $447,300.

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