Jannik Sinner debuts in the Top 5 with the Beijing victory

Jannik Sinner debuts in the Top 5 with the Beijing victory

Jannik Sinner achieved a remarkable feat by defeating the top two seeds, Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev, on consecutive days to secure the ATP 500 title in Beijing. This victory propelled him to the prestigious ATP Top 5, with a world ranking of No. 4.

The 22-year-old proudly hoisted the championship trophy on Wednesday, following a hard-fought 7-6(2), 7-6(2) triumph over US Open finalist Medvedev, which came after a challenging 7-6(4), 6-1 win against Alcaraz the day before. Both of these victories held greater significance in the broader context of Sinner’s career. His win against Medvedev marked his first victory in seven encounters with the world No. 3, while his win over Alcaraz made him the first player to defeat the Spaniard four times on the ATP Tour.

Notably, Sinner had faced a memorable defeat to Alcaraz in a record-late quarterfinal match at the 2022 US Open. However, he now boasts a 4-3 lead in their head-to-head rivalry, with two recent victories, including one in the Miami semifinals earlier in the season. Additionally, Sinner’s triumph over Medvedev avenged two previous final losses to him this year, in Rotterdam and Miami.

In a light-hearted moment, Sinner quipped, “Daniil, thanks for letting me win at least one match,” as he improved his head-to-head record against Medvedev to 1-6. He went on to express his gratitude to his opponent for pushing him to become a better player, acknowledging the hard work of his team, and cherishing the special moment they shared.

This title victory propelled Sinner three places up in the ATP rankings, placing him at the esteemed position of world No. 4. In doing so, he matched the highest ranking ever achieved by an Italian man or woman in tennis. Previously, Adriano Panatta and Francesca Schiavone reached No. 4 in the ATP and WTA rankings, respectively, while Sara Errani achieved a high of No. 5, and Matteo Berrettini reached a career-high of No. 6. Flavia Pennetta, the 2015 US Open women’s singles champion, also achieved a career-high ranking of No. 6 following her triumph in New York.

Sinner’s exceptional performance in Beijing came after his fourth-round run at the US Open, where he was defeated by Alexander Zverev in a late-night, five-set match for the second consecutive year. This victory marked his third ATP Tour title of the season, following his first ATP Masters 1000 crown in Toronto and an indoor title in Montpellier, all on hard courts.

Furthermore, Sinner’s success in Beijing solidified his position as fourth in the ATP Race to Turin. He is on the brink of securing direct qualification for the year-end event for the first time, after serving as an alternate in his home nation in 2021, the inaugural year the tournament was held in Turin.

Next on Sinner’s agenda is his debut at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, where he will commence his campaign against American player Marcos Giron.

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