Jannik Sinner passes Carlos Alcaraz. Next target - Novak Djokovic!

Jannik Sinner is 22-1 in 2024, winning three ATP titles and leading the ATP Race

by Jovica Ilic
Jannik Sinner passes Carlos Alcaraz. Next target - Novak Djokovic!
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Following Sunday's Miami Masters title, Jannik Sinner became the 42nd top-2 player since the formation of the ATP ranking in 1973. At 22 years and seven months, Jannik is the 20th youngest top-2 player, pushing Novak Djokovic out of that group!

The young Italian is 55-6 since last year's Wimbledon, winning six ATP titles and the Davis Cup and becoming the ATP throne contender. Sinner has lost only three matches after last year's US Open, collecting ATP points and passing Carlos Alcaraz following another brilliant run in Miami.

Jannik stands 65 points ahead of Carlos and trails Novak Djokovic by 1015 points, earning a chance to pass a 24-time Major winner in the upcoming events and become world no. 1.

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Sinner's first Masters 1000 title came in Toronto last year, and the most recent one in Miami came as no surprise.

The Italian produced dominant performances against Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov, dropping seven games in total and lifting the trophy in style. Jannik lost in the Indian Wells semi-final to Carlos Alcaraz after winning the opening set, suffering his first loss of the season and making a fresh start in Miami.

Sinner met his compatriot Andrea Vavassori in the second round and earned a 6-3, 6-4 win in an hour and 20 minutes. World no. 3 barely lost a point behind the first serve, never facing a break point and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Vavassori fought well, playing against four break points and suffering one break in each set to propel his rival through. Jannik produced five commanding holds in the opener and claimed it 6-3 with a break in game six. Sinner broke at love at 2-2 in the second set and served well by the end of the duel, making a winning start.

Tallon Griekspoor pushed Jannik to the limits in the opening two sets in the third round before the Italian prevailed 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 23 minutes. Sinner served well, facing only two break points and losing serve once in the opener.

Griekspoor used that break to grab the opening set and saved a set point in the tenth game of the second set to stay neck and neck. However, Jannik broke Tallon in the 12th game, stealing the set and dominating the decider en route to a place in the last 16.

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Jannik Sinner replaced Carlos Alcaraz in the top-2.

Sinner played well against Christopher O'Connell in a 6-4, 6-3 win after an hour and 51 minutes.

Jannik denied three out of four break points and stole the rival's serve three times, trailing 4-2 in the opener before securing seven straight games and breaking Christopher's resistance. Sinner met Tomas Machac in the quarter-final and earned a 6-4, 6-2 triumph, notching his 20th win of the season.

Machac broke Sinner once and felt the pressure, losing almost half of the points in his games and getting broken four times. Jannik grabbed a break in the first game of the match before squandering the lead in the next one after netting a backhand.

The Czech saved two break points in the fifth game before squandering two game points at 3-3.

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Tomas sprayed a forehand error, losing serve and pushing Jannik in front.

Sinner served for the set at 5-4 and held at love with a service winner, wrapping up the opener after 52 minutes. Machac lost serve at 1-1 in the second set, and Sinner held at love in the next one, moving closer to the finish line.

The Italian broke again in the fifth game with a backhand winner and served for the win at 5-2. Jannik landed a service winner, sealing the deal and reaching the semi-final. Sinner produced a dominant display against world no.

4 Daniil Medvedev, toppling the Russian 6-1, 6-2 in 69 minutes and avenging last year's defeat in the title match. Sinner was the only player on the court, defending all three break chances and maintaining the pressure on the reigning champion.

Daniil could not follow the rival's pace, dropping over half of the points in his games and suffering two breaks in each set to end his run in the semi-final. Jannik gathered a boost ahead of his third Miami Masters final and used it with both hands, ousting Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 13 minutes, lifting his second Masters 1000 title at 22.

Sinner tamed his strokes nicely and fired 15 winners and nine unforced errors. Dimitrov counted 18 winners and 23 mistakes, struggling to match the rival's pace from the baseline and in the shortest range up to four strokes.

Jannik defended the only break point he faced and turned 44% of the return points into four breaks from eight opportunities.

Jannik Sinner, Miami 2024© Elsa / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Dimitrov served well in the opening two games and created a break chance with a forehand winner at 2-1.

The Bulgarian missed a forehand before the Italian brought the game home for 2-2. Sinner grabbed a break in the fifth game with a forehand winner, moving in front and holding easily in the next one for 4-2. Dimitrov saved break points in the seventh game, remaining within one break deficit.

Jannik pushed strong on the return at 5-3, wrapping up the set with a backhand down the line winner and gaining a boost. The Italian served well in the second set and came back from 15-40 in the fourth game to grab a break and move closer to the finish line.

The Bulgarian suffered another break in the sixth game after a wayward smash, pushing his rival 5-1 in front. Sinner served for the title in the seventh game and landed a backhand down the line winner en route to his second Masters 1000 title and the third trophy of the season.

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