Jannik Sinner is about to dethrone Novak Djokovic and makes history

The Italian tennis player could even become the new ATP No.1 even if he were to skip the Roland Garros

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Jannik Sinner is about to dethrone Novak Djokovic and makes history
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Jannik Sinner, currently rehabilitating from a hip injury, could soon become the new ATP No.1, dethroning Novak Djokovic. And the Italian could do it even by not playing the Roland Garros. Jannik's presence in Paris is at great risk and the next few days will be decisive in understanding whether the Italian will make it or not (even if the first indications from Juventus J-Medical seem positive; Jannik should even return to training today). But, Roland Garros or not, Jannik is ever closer to becoming number one in the world. If Djokovic does not at least reach the final of the Parisian Slam, the Serbian tennis player will have to give up the throne and, barring sensational twists, Sinner will be the new ATP No.1. In fact, Alcaraz is out of the game; the only one who theoretically could stop this historic event is the Russian Daniil Medvedev, a tennis player who should win both Rome and Paris to become the new ATP No.1. So, in the next two week, can change the history of the ATP ranking.

A far from simple undertaking given that we are talking about a tennis player who is not used to this surface. Sinner finds himself faced with a great opportunity. Obviously everyone hopes that Jannik can play in Paris and try to achieve this result on the court, but Sinner is increasingly closer to first place at the ATP and to rewriting the history of tennis. According to what was reported by Sky Sport, Sinner's first checks at J-Medical gave positive results. Jannik has already promptly started rehabilitation and all the necessary treatments. Also with him was his athletic trainer Umberto Ferrara, who accompanied him to the Juventus Medical Center.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

"I will only play Paris if I am 100%," said Sinner a few days ago, in a special press conference organized at the Foro Italico.
Jannik will have to monitor his condition day after day and any improvements in his hip. As he anticipated, he will not force his recovery time in any way, so as not to worsen his injury and possibly compromise the rest of the season. The Parisian Slam will start in just two weeks and at the moment it is difficult to make predictions, given the rather limited timeframe.

"Thanks to Jannik for coming here, it honors him. For Sinner it is a difficult moment, his phone call yesterday was a cold stab. I thought the alarm had gone off. I was in a meeting, I saw Jannik's call and for half an hour I didn't have the strength to call him back. It was supposed to be his party, but once again the choice was right. Thanks to his top-notch staff, probably the best possible. I repeat what I said in another difficult moment, during the Davis Cup: his goal is medium term.
Continuity is not about winning an important tournament like the Internationals or a Davis Cup round. His choice, however painful, was the right one. Now we need to start again stronger than before,"
said Angelo Binaghi, CEO of the Italian Tennis Federation, in the same special press conference.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Meanwhile, the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome is offering numerous surprises. A tournament where the best either give up due to injuries or face sensational knockouts. If two days ago it was Rafael Nadal's turn, yesterday it was Djokovic's turn, incredibly annihilated by the Chilean Tabilo, in a match without history that ended with the result of 6-2 6-3. The Serbian champion did not appear in great condition, a distant relative of the champion who won this tournament several times and faced sensational difficulties to say the least. Thus his curse continues in 2024, Djokovic still has zero titles this season and his record is at great risk.

Novak Djokovic, Rome Masters 2024
Novak Djokovic, Rome Masters 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

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