Watch: Roger Federer Applauds Jannik Sinner's Ascent to World No. 1

Jannik Sinner became the 29th world no. 1 on Monday

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Watch: Roger Federer Applauds Jannik Sinner's Ascent to World No. 1
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Jannik Sinner became world no. 1 on Monday, taking the ATP throne from Novak Djokovic and adding his name to the immortal list of no. 1 players since 1973. The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer congratulated Jannik on his success, calling it the ultimate achievement and something he should be proud of. Federer described Sinner as a great player and person and wished him all the best in the future. Jannik had a chance to train with one of his idols in February 2018, still at 16! The Swiss and the Italian repeated their practice session ahead of the 2019 Rome Masters, with the youngster learning from the legend. Five years later, Sinner rules the men's tennis, embracing notable results in the previous 12 months and deserving his no. 1 status. Jannik kicked off the 2023 season as world no. 15 and entered the top-10 following the Miami Masters final.

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

The Italian suffered an early Roland Garros loss (it would help him a year later) before reaching the Wimbledon semi-final, falling to Novak Djokovic after a valiant effort. Sinner lifted the Canada Masters trophy in Toronto before falling to Alexander Zverev in the US Open fourth round after a five-setter.   Jannik raised his level in the closing months of the season, winning 20 out of 22 matches by the end of the year and becoming the ATP throne contender. Sinner conquered Beijing and Vienna before withdrawing from the Paris Masters, chasing the home glory at the ATP Finals. Jannik faced world no. 1 Novak Djokovic in the round-robin stage in Turin and earned a tight 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 victory, beating the Serb for the first time and gathering a boost. Novak served revenge in the title clash, leaving the home hero without a trophy. Sinner and Djokovic met again six days later in the Davis Cup semi-final, leading their countries in Malaga.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

Roger Federer praised Jannik Sinner and his achievement.

Jannik denied three match points in a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 win, keeping Italy in contention and gathering a massive boost ahead of 2024. Sinner was among the favorites at the Australian Open and proved that on the court. The Italian overpowered Novak Djokovic in the semi-final, ending the Serb's winning streak in Melbourne and setting the title clash versus Daniil Medvedev. Jannik dropped the opening two sets before embracing a notable comeback, prevailing in five sets and becoming a Major champion at 22! Sinner clinched another title in Rotterdam in February and played well in Indian Wells and Miami. The Italian suffered his first loss of the season to Carlos Alcaraz in the desert before winning the Miami Masters for 1000 ATP points on his tally. Sinner cracked the top-2, becoming Djokovic's closest rival.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

Jannik fell to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Monte Carlo semi-final after wasting the advantage in the final set and withdrew ahead of the Madrid Masters quarter-final due to a hip issue. The Italian skipped the home Masters 1000 event in Rome, focusing on Roland Garros. Sinner lost one set in the opening five duels, playing well and advancing into his first semi-final in Paris. Also, he secured the world no. 1 position following Novak Djokovic's withdrawal ahead of the quarter-final meeting with Casper Ruud. Jannik pursued a place in his second consecutive Major final against his great rival Carlos Alcaraz and gave everything despite a physical struggle. The Italian squandered two advantages and fell 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in four hours and nine minutes, suffering his first loss at Majors in 2024. Jannik dealt with cramps and felt discomfort around his troubled hip.

Jannik Sinner, Rotterdam 2024
Jannik Sinner, Rotterdam 2024© Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

However, he fought valiantly before Alcaraz shifted into a higher gear in sets four and five, delivering 11 straight holds and sending the newly-crowned world no. 1 packing. Jannik claimed two points more than Carlos, but not the pivotal ones, losing serve two times in the final two sets without creating a break chance. Alcaraz fired 65 winners and 58 unforced errors, with Sinner adding 39 direct points and 44 mistakes. Each player scored six breaks, and the Spaniard kept everything under control in his games from the end of the third set. Jannik returned to Monte Carlo following the loss, not playing this week and returning to action next week in Halle on grass. The ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi visited the young Italian in Monte Carlos and presented him with the ATP World No. 1 trophy. Sinner said it meant a lot to him to become world no. 1 after an incredible year and many proud moments. Jannik admitted he looks forward to the upcoming challenges at notable events, especially at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Paris. Sinner thanked the team around him and expressed his desire to work even harder and improve his already well-rounded game in the upcoming years.
 

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