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Jannik Sinner has achieved something historic. © APA / ELSA

World number 2: Jannik Sinner's historic triumph

No, this is not an April Fool's joke: Jannik Sinner won the Masters 1000 tournament in Miami on Sunday evening and thereby made history. The Sesto native is now number 2 in the world for the first time!

A South Tyrolean is the second best tennis player in the world: you have to let this sentence melt in your mouth. Just a few years ago, something like this seemed completely utopian, but now a 22-year-old guy named Jannik Sinner has achieved this historic feat. With his tournament victory at the Masters 1000 in Miami, the man from Sexten is venturing into spheres that have never been reserved for a tennis professional from Italy. The number 1 position, which Novak Djokovic currently holds, seems to be only a matter of time.

Sinner prevailed in the final in Miami on Sunday evening (CEST) against Grigor Dimitrov (ATP 12) 74:6, 3:6 in just 1 minutes. It was once again a demonstration of power by the Sesto player, who in his current form is perceived to be the best player on the planet. Jannik Sinner's statistics read like a dream: In 2024, the Puster player played 23 games and only suffered one defeat. He won three of the four tournaments he competed in (Australian Open, Rotterdam, Miami). In the fourth, the South Tyrolean superstar advanced to the semi-finals (Indian Wells).

An almost perfect tournament

Sinner played an almost perfect tournament in Miami. He only had a small wobble when he lost a set in the third round against the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor. Otherwise Sinner presented himself flawlessly - and in the semifinals against Daniil Medvedev like from another planet. The fantastic win against the in-form Grigor Dimitrov in the final was the crowning achievement. Curious: Dimitrov was the very player who helped Sinner decisively. Because the Bulgarian took Carlos Alcaraz out of the race in the quarter-finals, the way to number 2 was clear for the man from Sexten.

Grigor Dimitrov despaired of Sinner. © APA / BRENNAN ASPLEN

At Miami's Hard Rock Stadium - which normally serves as an American football arena - Sinner needed a few minutes to get the engine up to operating temperatures. At the latest when he had to fend off a break ball when the score was 1:2, the Sexten player was there. He played incredibly powerfully, placed his shots on the line with millimeter precision, felt like he got every ball and always found the ideal solution, even when in trouble. In short: his counterpart was desperate.

With two breaks, Sinner moved ahead to 6:3 and took the set. This meant that the last spark of hope for Dimitrov was extinguished. Against a South Tyrolean who was now playing at an incredible level and no longer made any mistakes, the second set (6:1) was over in just 31 minutes - and Sinner's tournament victory was sealed. It is the first time that the 22-year-old has triumphed in Miami after two defeats in the final. He returns home as the new number 2 in the world.


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Keller spirit

>>In the fourth, the South Tyrolean superstar advanced to the final (Indian Wells).

Well almost - it was over in the semi-finals

01.04.2024 01:25

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