Sinner number 2 in the world: “At the beginning of the year I would never have believed it.” And now he's going to Monte Carlo


By John

«I never thought I'd find myself in this position, it's a wonderful feeling. If on January 1st they had told me that I would experience such a start to the season, I would never have believed it». Jannik Sinner, 22 years old from San Candido, programmed to conquer the top of the ATP rankings, also knows how to surprise and surprise. To celebrate the victory at the Miami Open, which projected him to second place in the world, that was enough «a quiet dinner with my team» in the Italian restaurant in Downtown Miami, the same one that welcomed him during the two weeks of the tournament. Sobriety and discipline, always: the past week «was a special week and I'm happy about it – he allows himself – but now we go home and start preparing Monte Carlo. There isn't much time.” Among the applause of coaches, opponents and admirers – from Laura Pasini to Giorgia Meloni – the assault on the throne of His Majesty Novak Djokovic began, who could already abdicate on the red clay of the next tournaments. In favor of Sinner, thanks to the mechanism that governs the ATP ranking. This considers the results of the last 52 weeks. The points obtained in a tournament are valid for one year, then they are reset to zero at the beginning of the following edition to add the new ones. The blue has fewer points to discard than Alcaraz (now n.3) and Djokovic – whose return remains to be verified – in the next matches and therefore more chances of eating away at the Serbian's 1,015 advantage.

«The season started very well, it even went beyond my expectations, but I see every tournament as a new opportunity and I know that I still have a lot to prove – continued Sinner – I'm lucky enough to work with a great team that supports me and encourages me to always do better. I'm happy with my life and my season, I've played many matches and won three prestigious tournaments (in addition to Miami, the Australian Open and Rotterdam, ed.), but in a few days we'll start training again.” At the start of the conference the blue was the protagonist of a nice exchange with the author of the first question, who defined him as “number 1 in the ranking”. “Number one?” replied Sinner, who after the correction underlined “unforced error”, arousing the laughter of the journalists.