Could Jannik Sinner become World No. 1 with Miami Open win?

The Italian has been in top form since August 2023

By Web Desk
March 30, 2024
Jannik Sinner will take on Grigor Dimitrov in the Miami Open final. — Reuters

Jannik Sinner’s 2024 season started with winning the Australian Open after beating Daniil Medvedev in the final as the Italian claimed his first Grand Slam at the age of 22, and he has, since then, been on fire.

Sinner once again proved his prowess as he defeated Medvedev in the semi-final of the Miami Open to book a final against in-form Grigor Dimitrov which will be played on Sunday.

Currently World No. 3, Sinner would overtake Alcaraz as World No. 2 should he beat Dimitrov in the final of the Miami Open but the road to the summit of the ATP rankings would still continue.

Given Novak Djokovic’s unusual start to the 2024 season as the Serb first lost in the Australian Open semi-final and then was handed a shock defeat against lucky loser Luca Nardi in the Indian Wells, Sinner does have a chance to claim the top spot in the rankings.

All of Sinner, Alcaraz and Djokovic will compete for the World No. 1 during the clay season and the Italian will have to defend the fewest points. While the dirt remains Sinner’s least favourite surface, there will be immense pressure on the Serb and the Spaniard to gain more points than the defending Australian Open champion.

Sinner will defend 585 points, which is the least, for the next two months. Djokovic will defend the most 2,315 points, courtesy of French Open win last year, while Alcaraz will defend 2,265 points.

The ongoing Olympics race cycle will end on June 10 and as of now, Sinner remains on the top with 7,775 points, he is followed by Djokovic (7,410) and then Alcaraz (6,380) points.

All Sinner requires is just to earn as many points as his rivals on the clay season and he will be crowned the World No. 1 on June 10.