Jannik Sinner can become ATP No.1 after Roland Garros

Djokovic's defeat at Indian Wells opens up truly important scenarios for the young Italian

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Jannik Sinner can become ATP No.1 after Roland Garros
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Jannik Sinner is so far undefeated in 2024.

His progress is constant and, as seen with the victory in straight sets against a young and tricky opponent like Ben Shelton in Indian Wells, the Italian is currently the tennis player to beat on hard-courts. Perhaps he is at this precise moment and in this precise context the strongest tennis player around.

Sinner began his incredible period with the semi-final of Wimbledon 2023, the victory at the ATP Masters 1000 in Toronto, the final at the ATP Finals and the triumph in Davis Cup. 2024 began with the triumph at the Australian Open, followed by the victory at Rotterdam.

Now Jannik has reached the quarterfinals of Indian Wells, with the possibility of closing the tournament as the new ATP No.2, if he equals or achieves a better result than Carlitos Alcaraz.

Jannik Sinner could overcome Djokovic by teh end of the Roland Garros

But that is not all. Luca Nardi's victory against Novak Djokovic in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open has not only rewritten the recent history of Italian tennis once again, but will also be important for Jannik Sinner, for the ATP ranking.

Nardi's victory is very important both because it takes away possible points from Novak Djokovic (he did not defend points here at Indian Wells) but above all because it shows both Sinner and Alcaraz that the Serb is in difficulty: Djokovic has not yet won titles in 2024 and it hadn't happened to him for years.

Sinner, in the event of victory in the tournament, could move to just 815 points from the ATP No.1 spot and, given that the Roland Garros must be defended for Nole, the Italian tennis player finds himself faced with a historic opportunity. The lead in the ranking is not a utopia: Sinner can do it and can really do it by the beginning of June.

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