Jannik Sinner climbs to No. 1 ranking amidst mixed feelings from French Open defeat

Thursday, 13 June 2024 at 19:00
Jannik Sinner recognized that he thinks more about his defeat to Carlos Alcaraz in the French Open semifinals than about reaching the world No. 1 ranking. The 22-year-old Italian responded in an interview where he also talked about his upcoming goals at Wimbledon and the Olympics.
Despite not leaving Roland Garros with the title, Sinner guaranteed his rise to No. 1 for the first time in his career after Novak Djokovic retired in the quarterfinals, right before his match against Casper Ruud.

Sinner’s mixed emotions: No. 1 Ranking and French Open heartbreak

Sinner’s year has been extraordinary with a record of 33-3 and three titles, including his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Over the past year, especially after the 2023 US Open, he has been the most consistent player on the Tour, and finally, his ranking accredits him as the best tennis player in the world.
Despite his achievement, Sinner acknowledged having mixed feelings about being No. 1 after his semifinal defeat. According to the Italian, he feels disappointed about losing at Roland Garros but is already projecting his next challenges: “Now it's interesting to see how long I can remain ATP No.1, check how I behave in Halle, the next appointment, then there's Wimbledon and I'm curious to find out how I'll play in London,” he said.
“Last year on grass I made an incredible effort, the first tournament on the green will already tell me a lot. Then there will be other objectives, those are never lacking," Jannik Sinner added.
Jannik Sinner at 2024 Roland Garros.
"Wimbledon and the Olympics. At the Games I will rcome back to the court of Friday's defeat against Alcaraz, I hope to do well because for me it will be a very special and important event. Also because more than the ATP No.1 I'm still thinking about the match with Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final in Paris."
"On Sunday I saw a bit of the final, and I struggled a bit because I would have liked to be there more anyway. I'm still swallowing: Now I'm interested in this. I like the number 1 trophy but unfortunately on Sunday I wasn't able to be in the place where I wanted to be. Paris," he explained.
"It happened like this, it happens. It's a great lesson for me: it makes me understand where I have to work and where I have to improve. Nothing dramatic. Today I enjoy the trophy as number 1 in the ranking. I feel like I'm on top of a mountain, and I'm faced with it I already see another one to climb,” the new world No. 1 stated.
“I can't wait to get back on the court: there is nothing in the world I like more than playing tennis. The boy from Sesto Pusteria (the town in Trentino Alto Adige in Northern Italy, where he was born-ed.) has become number 1 in the world, but he won't change," he told.
On the other hand, the Italian tennis player commented that his greatest inspiration in tennis is the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer:"Every number one is very special, if I have to choose one I would say Roger Federer. I grew up when he played, I watched him a lot, I always liked his style on and off the court. My number one number one is Federer,” Sinner said.
“Now we are five Italians in the top 50 in the world, which is a huge number, but I would like to make tennis even bigger. We strive to have excellent results, you just saw it at Roland Garros. A Slam final in Australia, a semi-final in Paris: I can be satisfied," added Sinner.

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