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Sinner leapfrogs Alcaraz in men's rankings after Miami Open blast past Dimitrov

By Paul Myers - RFI
Europe USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con - Geoff Burke
APR 1, 2024 LISTEN
USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con - Geoff Burke

Italy's Jannik Sinner rose on Monday to second place in the tennis world rankings following his straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov to claim the Miami Open.

The 22-year-old beat the Bulgarian 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday evening to lift his third title of the season following victories at the Australian Open in January and in Rotterdam in February.

"I'm very happy to be in this position," said the Italian after securing the crown in Miami for the first time and a second victory at a Masters 1000 tournament which are considered the most prestigious titles on the circuit after the four Grand Slam events in Melbourne, Paris, London and New York.

"I'm just enjoying every moment. These are special days winning a tournament. Doesn't matter what kind of tournament, it's a special day. It means a lot to me."

Sinner's victory means he will go above Carlos Alcaraz in the ATP rankings to occupy second spot for the first time since turning professional in 2018.

Rise

"When you win, you realise that it's really special," he said. "But it's a moment. So there is not so much time to enjoy this.

"That's where I feel like that I have improved a lot. After winning the title in Australia, I live these moments, three or four days, and then after, I get back to work. It was the same in Rotterdam and it's the same here, because you don't have to time to enjoy."

Sinner, who has reached the last eight at the French Open in Paris, will move to the clay court swing of the season as one of the form players with a record of 22 wins and one defeat.

Should Novak Djokovic play in Monaco at the Monte Carlo Masters next week, Sinner will be seeded to meet theworld number one in the final.

"I know that I don't have so much time to prepare for Monaco, so this is now obviously the next goal, trying to get confident with the clay."

Dimitrov's surge to the final, which included wins over top seed Alcaraz as well as the fourth seed Alexander Zverev, pushed him back into the top 10 for the first time since 2018.

Shine

"Clearly it's Jannik's week," Dimitrov said. "He's been playing amazing tennis. It's really impressive how he's been able to keep that way of playing.

"Maybe next time when I play him I will try to do something else but I was unable to match his game and even to match his shots. I think for a little bit I was doing well, but a lot of the important moments went his way."

On Saturday evening, Florida-born Danielle Collins won the women's event. The 30-year-old, who has announced she will retire at the end of the season, beat the fourth seed Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-3 to lift the Miami Open for the first time.

"What a dream come true to have played at the level that I have played consistently over the last two weeks," Collins said.

"It's just been amazing to go out and to have felt the energy that I felt from the fans, and literally feel like I'm playing in front of thousands of my best friends, that was just surreal. I will never forget this day because of that."

Collins became the first American woman to take home the Miami Open title since Sloane Stephens in 2018. 

She moved up 31 places to 22 in thenew women's rankings published on Monday.

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