ATP Ranking live: Jannik Sinner is virtually No.1

Not just the No.1 spot; Daniil Medvedev would have surpassed Alexander Zverev at this moment

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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ATP Ranking live: Jannik Sinner is virtually No.1
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Analyzing the beginning of the Roland Garros, we can see how Jannik Sinner is currently virtually the new ATP No.1 in the live ranking. It would be a historic result as no Italian tennis player has ever managed to become No.1 in the ATP ranking. Obviously the Roland Garros is still long; two weeks separate us from the final. Weeks in which anything can still happen. From now until the end of the season, Jannik will have several opportunities to overcome the current ATP no.1 Novak Djokovic, but he will have the most important chances from Paris until the US Open. In fact, Sinner has no points to defend between now and the end of the Major in Paris, while Djokovic has to defend the title and, in fact, without at least reaching the final, the Serbian champion would lose the throne of men's tennis.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

Sinner can become No.1 with the same result as Djokovic during the tournament and even losing the final against the Serbian. Without considering that Jannik already has an excellent advantage in the rankings over Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. Still considering the live ranking, Medvedev would currently have overtaken Zverev in the rankings, while there are many situations to evaluate. In the Top-10, for example, Hubert Hurkacz and Alex De Minaur could obtain the Best Ranking during this tournament, despite their lack of aptitude in clay tennis.

Sinner, yesterday, won the first round of his Parisian fortnight by beating the American Christophen Eubanks in straight sets, and at least confirmed the result achieved last year at the French Open. A lot has changed for him in these twelve months. The Italian would be one of the main favorites to win the tournament, but his physical condition following the hip injury suffered at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters needs to be assessed.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

Meanwhile, Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated men at the Roland Garros. The Serbian tennis player is going through a very difficult moment in this, considering how in Geneva he also highlighted various difficulties and struggles to express his best tennis. Between Rome and Geneva, Nole gave in to athletes of a lower rank than him and gave less than satisfactory answers. the Serbian is called to defend the Roland Garros, a tournament which he won last year. Nole also wants to defend first place in the ranking but is aware that there are major difficulties on the horizon. In the press conference before playing the tournament (he will play today - Tuesday 28 May - his first round against the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert) Djokovic analyzed his moment.

"I have low expectations and high hopes. I know what I'm capable of and usually in Slams I play my best tennis or at least that's the goal. I want to give my best here in Paris, last year was incredible and I hope to do a great tournament. These first five months of the season have certainly influenced me and I focus every day on being able to develop form and momentum to go as far as possible. How do I deal with dark times? They are obstacles, I wouldn't call them dark dangers.
We must always look ahead, to the next challenge and to understand what it takes to be better than the previous week. This is the mentality I want to maintain, I know my qualities and I know that I can compete at the highest level.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

I have won 24 Slams and I know what I have to do to move forward. It is a type of tournament different from the others and sensations that no other tournament gives you. Low expectations? It's difficult to talk about it, I'm embarrassed to say what my expectations are but any result other than winning the title is not satisfactory. It may sound arrogant but I think my career supports that. I play to stay at the highest levels and try to write new pages in the history of sport, winning Paris is always important. Those are my goals, but I have to lower my expectations. In any case I have to look at it day after day and in this way I will be able to have the necessary strength to reach the final. Several things have happened in the last few months but I don't want to talk about it, I don't want to open Pandora's Box. I'm just trying to focus on tennis and everything that happened is in the past," he explained.

Jannik Sinner Daniil Medvedev Alexander Zverev
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