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Sinner’s success continues after AO breakthrough

  • Matt Trollope

Reigning Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner keeps thriving, extending his unbeaten 2024 run with his latest title in Rotterdam.

Sinner powered to victory at the Dutch indoor tournament on the weekend, becoming the first player in 23 years to follow his maiden Grand Slam title with victory at his very next tournament.

The last was Lleyton Hewitt, who followed up his 2001 US Open breakthrough by winning the ATP title in Tokyo.

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Sinner’s straight-sets victory over Alex de Minaur in the Rotterdam final improves his win-loss record in 2024 to a perfect 12-0.

It is the 13th best unbeaten start to a season since 1988, with the best in that span being Novak Djokovic’s stunning 41-0 record to begin 2011.

41-0N. Djokovic2011
26-0N. Djokovic2020
20-0R. Nadal2022
17-0N. Djokovic2013
17-0P. Sampras1997
17-0R. Federer2018
16-0R. Federer2006
15-0A. Agassi1995
15-0N. Djokovic2023
14-0N. Djokovic2016
14-0P. Korda1998
13-0S. Wawrinka2014
12-0A. Agassi2003
12-0J. Courier1993
12-0J. Sinner2024
12-0R. Federer2007

Sinner has now won his past 15 matches, a run also including three singles victories in late 2023 which helped Italy to claim its first Davis Cup trophy in 47 years.

He is the best-performed player since the US Open in September, winning four of the past seven tournaments he has entered, as well as 32 of his past 34 matches. He has also won 36 of his past 41 completed sets.

The 22-year-old will rise to a career-high ranking of world No.3 following his latest success, making him the highest-ranked Italian man in history.

"My team, we did a really good job a few weeks ago (at the Australian Open) and now we made a very good job here," Sinner said.

"I am really proud with the level that I played throughout this whole week. We have been in tough situations but we handled it the right way.

“We will always try to improve, it is the most important."

Sinner is next scheduled to compete at Indian Wells, where his best result was a semifinal finish last year.

Another title run – which would be his second ATP Masters 1000 trophy – could improve his unbeaten 2024 record to 18-0, a winning start to a season only before achieved by Djokovic and Rafael Nadal since 1988.

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