Jannik Sinner on peak rank of career: 'It feels amazing'

Rising star Sinner showcases mastery in recent match dynamics

by Zain ul Abedin
Jannik Sinner on peak rank of career: 'It feels amazing'
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In an impressive turn of events this year, Jannik Sinner boasts an enviable 49-13 record for 2023. The Italian prodigy has not only clinched three titles but also solidified his place in the top-4 rankings. This remarkable stride has positioned him alongside tennis heavyweights such as Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, and Daniil Medvedev. His most recent conquest was the coveted ATP 500 crown in Beijing, which saw him defeat both Alcaraz and Medvedev, marking his ninth ATP title victory.

Reflecting on his skyrocketing trajectory, Sinner expressed contentment with his consistent performance this season. He is, however, not resting on his laurels. While proud of his current ranking, the young talent is ardently focused on honing his skills and amassing even greater accomplishments in the near future.

The Beijing semi-final offered a riveting watch as Sinner clashed with Carlos Alcaraz. With a commanding presence right from the start, Sinner left the world's number 2 struggling, particularly in the second set. The grand finale saw him locking horns with Daniil Medvedev. In a grueling contest lasting just over two hours, Sinner emerged victorious with a 7-6, 7-6 scoreline. Notably, despite Medvedev's impressive 73% serve, he faltered, facing five break points and misfiring in crucial tie breaks. 

Sinner Dominates in Tie-Break Triumph

The match's dynamics were intriguing. Both athletes demonstrated powerful serves in the initial games. However, Sinner's resilience, evident when he saved a break point in the fifth game, set the tone. Medvedev found himself under pressure, especially during the tie breaks, where Sinner swiftly secured a 3-0 lead, eventually winning the breaker 7-2.

Ranked 4th, a career-first, Sinner's display in the second set was commendable. While 11 games went smoothly, Medvedev struggled in one. Both players showcased stellar serves, but it was Sinner's precision and timely aggression that gave him the edge, allowing him to reign supreme.

Post-victory, a humble Sinner commented, "It's undoubtedly a tremendous achievement. But beyond that, I'm immensely proud of how I've elevated my game this season, mentally. My resilience is fortified." He added, "While there's still much work to be done, particularly physically, I aim to close this season on a high and bring my best to 2024. Consistency has been key to my ranking, but my primary focus remains on individual matches."

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