Tennis players to win ATP Miami and Italian Open in same season


May 25 2023
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Most recently, Russian Daniil Medvedev completed the double after winning both titles in the 2023 season.

The ATP Masters 1000 is an annual series of nine tennis tournaments featuring the top-ranked players on the ATP Tour. The ATP Masters tournaments along with the Grand Slam tournaments and the Year-end Championships make up the most coveted trophies on the annual ATP Tour calendar, in addition to the Olympics. Hence they are collectively known as the ‘Big Titles’. First, there’s the Sunshine tour (Indian Wells + Miami Open), followed by the European clay court (Madrid + Italian Open) and finally the North American hard court (Canada + Cincinnati)

Including Medvedev’s recent win at Rome, only two more players across the men’s tour have won the Miami and Italian Open titles in the same season. Here is a list of players, who have won both the Miami and Italian Open in the same season.

3. Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev is a Russian professional tennis player. He is a former world No. 1 holding the ranking for a total of 16 weeks. Medvedev has won 20 ATP Tour singles titles, including the 2021 US Open and 2020 ATP Finals. In the former, Medvedev defeated then-world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final to deny him the Grand Slam.

Medvedev is the third player to win the Miami Open and the Italian Open in the same season in 2023. On May 21, Daniil Medvedev outclassed Holgar Rune in straight sets (7-5, 7-5) in the final of the Italian Open 2023. In doing so, Medvedev, who is a self-proclaimed hard court specialist and has listed clay as his least favourite surface, lifted his maiden trophy on red dirt.

At Miami Open 2023, Medvedev defeated Italy’s Jannik Sinner (7–5, 6–3) to lift up his 19th ATP Tour title, and fourth of the year.

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2. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi is an American former world No. 1 tennis player. He is an eight-time major champion and an Olympic gold medallist, as well as a runner-up in seven other majors. Agassi is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was the first man to win all four singles majors on three different surfaces (hard, clay and grass), and remains the most recent American man to win the French Open (in 1999) and the Australian Open (in 2003)

Agassi stands second on the list to secure the Miami Open and the Italian Open titles in the same season. He won the Miami Open in 2002 by defeating Sweden player Stefan Edberg 6–1, 6–4, 0–6, 6–2. It was Andre Agassi’s second title of the year and his 10th overall. It was his first career Masters title. Andre Agassi won the Italian Open in Rome on May 12, 2002 by defeating Tommy Haas in the final (6-3, 6-3, 6-0).

1. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. Djokovic has been ranked world No. 1 for a record total of 387 weeks in a record 12 different years, and finished as the year-end No. 1 a record seven times. He has won a joint-record 22 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including a record ten Australian Open titles.

Overall, he has won 93 singles titles, including a record 66 Big Titles, which compromises his 22 majors, a record 38 Masters titles and a joint-record six Year-end championships. Djokovic has completed a non-calendar year Grand Slam in singles, becoming the only man in tennis history to be the reigning champion of the four majors at once across three different surfaces.

He is also the first man in the Open Era to achieve a double Career Grand Slam in singles by winning all four majors at least twice and the only player to complete the career Golden Masters in singles by winning all nine ATP Masters tournaments.

Djokovic leads the list by winning the Miami Open and Italian Open titles in the year 2011, 2014 and 2015. Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in the final 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4) to win the men’s singles tennis title at the 2011 Miami Masters. With the win, Djokovic completed the Sunshine Double, having also won Indian Wells the week before (also defeating Nadal in the final).

Novak Djokovic defeated the two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal in the final 6–4, 6–4 to win the men’s singles tennis title at the 2011 Italian Open.

With the competition so high and spectacular at the ATP tour, the whole world awaits to see who will be making a way towards the career Golden Masters after Djokovic.

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