Classy Sinner celebrates ATP No.1 with a beautiful message for Djokovic

The Italian champion, who had just become the new leader of the ATP ranking, had a thought for the Serbian

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Classy Sinner celebrates ATP No.1 with a beautiful message for Djokovic
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The last few hours have marked a new rhythm in the history of tennis. A jolt that perhaps put an end (but who knows) to the era of the Big 3. I feel like I'm rereading the ending of The Lord of the Rings, when Galadriel said: "The age of the elves is over. The time has come for the dominion of men." Yes ok, I took too poetic license, bothering JRR Tolkien, but I see it as a parallelism: "The era of the Big 3 is over, the time has come for the Jannik Sinner-Carlos Alcaraz duopoly."

For the first time in his career, Sinner reached the semi-finals at the Roland Garros, yet another great performance of an extraordinary season. A historic victory because Sinner, a few minutes before the end of the match, became the new ATP No.1. With Novak Djokovic's withdrawal from the tournament, Jannik had the mathematical certainty, regardless of the results, of becoming the new leader of the ATP ranking, the first Italian in history to reach this milestone.

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

It seems incredible, thinking about how bad the generational change in Italian men's tennis was until 2017. Jannik, visibly emotional, spoke after the match about the match, after the three-set victory over the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and, with his usual class (a comparison with Roger Federer is uncomfortable here), his first thought went towards Djokovic's injury.

"What can I say: first of all it's everyone's dream. At the same time seeing Novak's withdrawal is a disappointment, I hope he can recover as soon as possible. I try not to think about it much, because in this tournament I have had difficulties in the last 2-3 years and now I'm in the semi-finals. Thanks to my team, this wouldn't be possible without them. And also to the crowd. It's a special moment for me, I'm very happy to share it with you and those who are watching me, especially from Italy," he explained. 

Sinner certainly appeared much more excited than he is used to, in a moment of very strong emotions for all of Italian sport. After the victory at the Australian Open, the victory at the Miami Open and in the Rotterdam tournament Jannik also made history in the ATP ranking.