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Miami Open 2024: Jannik Sinner joins elite company with four top-five wins in 2024

Published at :March 31, 2024 at 12:55 AM
Modified at :March 31, 2024 at 12:55 AM
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Mohammed Fazeel

Sinner is the fourth U-23 player since 1973 to achieve this feat in the first three months of a season.

Jannik Sinner steamrolled a hapless Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-2, in just 69 minutes in their Miami Open 2024 semifinal, hitting 17 winners to Medvedev’s seven. The 22-year-old is on the verge of winning his third title of the season, which will elevate Sinner to a career-high of No. 2 on Monday in the PIF ATP Rankings. The Italian has won all five of his previous encounters against Medvedev, making their head-to-head record 5-6.

Sinner raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set, which he took in just 33 minutes. The second set followed 36 minutes later. Medvedev finds himself in the midst of a title drought dating back to the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome last season, despite reaching finals on six different occasions thereafter. The Russian was the defending champion in Miami.

Sinner has reached a series of milestones at the ongoing Miami Open. His latest win marks Sinner’s fourth against top-five players in 2024. He is also the fourth player younger than 23 since 1973 to secure four such wins within three months of a new season’s start. He joins Bjorn Borg (1978, 1979), Miloslav Mecir (1987) and Andy Murray (2007, 2009). The victory over No. 4 Medvedev means Sinner has wins over every top-ten-ranked player.

Sinner defeated Andrey Rublev (5), Novak Djokovic (5), and Daniil Medvedev (3) at the Australian Open. The Italian’s defeat of Medvedev, now World No. 4, at the Miami Open semifinals, completes the list of his unwilling victims.

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He became the first player to reach three finals in the men’s singles draw before turning 23. A victory over the Russian also gave him his 40th ATP Masters 1000 match win on hard courts, making him the first player to claim five consecutive ATP match wins against Daniil Medvedev.

A summit clash with Grigor Dimitrov now awaits Jannik Sinner at the Miami Open 2024. Dimitrov earned a hard-fought victory 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4 against Alexander Zverev and will rise to be the World No. 9 on Monday.

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