Jannik Sinner - Miami Open 2024

Jannik Sinner makes it third time ‘lucky’ in ‘special’ Miami Open victory

Jannik Sinner has won the the Miami Open final at the third time of asking, after beating Grigor Dimitrov in convincing fashion.

Sinner beat the Bulgarian, 6-3 6-1, to claim his second ATP Masters 1000 crown and third title in a season where the 22-year-old has only lost one match so far.

After the match, the Italian reflected on his maiden victory in Miami, “I’m really proud, obviously about the result. I started off struggling a little bit this week. I hadn’t had so much time to adapt on this court, so I knew it was going to be tough. But I got better as the week went on.”

He continued, “Today’s performance was really good. I’m just proud of how I handled the situation, it was not easy. Yeah, it was a really good two weeks.”

Sinner had previously lost the Miami Open final in 2021 and 2023, losing to Hubert Hurkacz and Daniil Medvedev respectively, but implied that he expected to make it third time lucky this year.

“This was my third time in the final and I figured this would be the lucky one,” revealed Sinner. “I’m really happy I can hold the big trophy.

“This result is such a huge pleasure to share with my team, my family and all the people watching at home. The atmosphere has been amazing throughout the whole 10 days. This is one of most special tournaments for me. It’s good to be back here and I hope to see you all back here again next year.”

As a result of winning his third title in 2024, Sinner has risen to a career-high ranking of world No.2 after overtaking rival Carlos Alcaraz.

However, the Australian Open champion has described it as ‘just a number’, “It has been a very special week for me. I have faced very different situations on the court, different opponents. I was full of energy today.

“I’m very happy to now be No. 2 in the world, but it’s just a number. For me, the most important thing is trying to execute my game plan in the best possible way – which I’ve done. I’m very happy.”

Sinner will now enjoy a week off ahead of turning his attention to the clay court season, that he will begin at the Monte Carlo Masters starting on Sunday 7th April.

Inside the baseline…

Jannik Sinner is undoubtedly the best player in the world at the moment, having lost only three matches since the US Open last year. After coming through his close-fought second match in Miami against Tallon Griekspoor, Sinner seemed to go from strength to strength and was far too much for Grigor Dimitrov in the final. Sinner may be upto a career-high of No.2, but it does not seem unreasonable to suggest he could be world No.1 by the end of the year.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.