Novak Djokovic can once again wield the scepter as the world’s leading tennis player on Monday after Jannik Sinner finished with Carlos Alcaraz in Miami.
According to the official ATP website, the 19-year-old Spaniard needed to successfully defend his ATP 1,000 title in Miami to keep the Serbian star away from the number one spot.
Djokovic, who earlier broke Steffi Graf’s record of 377 weeks as the world’s best player, will soon play again at the Monte Carlo Masters tournament.
He was earlier dethroned by Alcaraz after his vaccination status meant he could not enter the US. He was also not in action at the recent Indian Wells tournament.
Sinner, who put a stick in Alcaraz’s way, can make some ranking jumps himself if he deals with Daniil Medvedev in the upcoming Miami final.
The young Italian can then become the sixth best player in the world.
According to Alcaraz, playing against Sinner is always a tough challenge.
“I had a lot of opportunities in the second set,” said the Spanish player after losing the semi-final clash 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
“It is difficult for me to describe how I feel, but we have already served two good tennis matches. For a while after he hit the winning shot I felt very bad, but after about 25 minutes I started to focus on positive things and I smiled again.”
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