avril 23, 2024

Jannik Sinner dominates Grigor Dimitrov to claim first Miami Open title | Tennis News

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Jannik Sinner dominated Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-1 on Sunday to win the Miami Open for the first time and clinch a third title of the 2024 season.

The Italian, who claimed the Australian Open in January and followed it up with victory in Rotterdam, put in another scintillating display to down Dimitrov in straight sets at the Hard Rock Stadium.

The 22-year-old became the new world No 2 with his victory that avenges the defeats he suffered in his previous two tournament finals in 2021 and 2023.

It also means his semi-final loss to Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells a fortnight ago remains the only time he has been beaten so far this year.

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Sinner and Dimitrov traded drop shots in crazy point…

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Sinner spoke to Martin Navratilova, Annabel Croft and Gigi Salmon after winning in Miami

« It has been a very special week for me, I have faced different kinds of situations on the court and different opponents, » Sinner told Sky Sports. « But I guess I managed the situation well.

« I am very happy to be number two in the world, it is just a number, for me most important is trying to execute my game plan and I managed to do this. »

Dimitrov, who is enjoying a resurgence and ousted Alcaraz in the quarter-final, had the first opportunity to gain the upper hand against Sinner and things might have been different had the Bulgarian not gone wide on an early break point.

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Sinner saved the best until last to win the first set

That allowed Sinner to take control as he broke in the next game on his way to capturing the first set, clinched via a brilliant backhand winner that brought those in the stands to their feet.

His domination continued, with Dimitrov winning just one more game in the match as Sinner closed things out to claim a second career Masters 1000 title.

Navratilova: Sinner unbeatable right now

Martina Navratilova on Sky Sports Tennis:

« I’m running out of superlatives. Sinner is unbeatable right now.

« I think the only person who could beat him is Djokovic.

« Jannik is just cruising. He’s not even firing at 100 per cent and still wins the match easily. »

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Sinner won the Miami Open final in straight sets

‘A performance of near perfection’

Colin Fleming on Sky Sports Tennis:

« We’ve witnessed something very special here in Miami today.

« This young man [Sinner] is a star of our sport. How fortunate we are to have him.

« What a moment for him and his team. That was a performance of near perfection.

« From 2-2 in the first set it’s as close to perfection as I’ve ever seen. Dimitrov didn’t play a bad match but no-one was going to live with Sinner today. »

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