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Jannik Sinner feels like that clay makes him a better player

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Jannik Sinner climbed to a career-high world number 2, 1015 points behind Novak Djokovic. Sinner will have the chance to overtake Novak Djokovic and become world number 1, if he maintains his current period of form.  Last Sunday Sinner won the second Masters 1000 title of his career following his triumph in Toronto last August.

“The win in Miami is a huge pleasure to share with my team, my family and all the people watching at home. The atmosphere has been amazing throughout the whole 10 days. This is one of the most special tournaments for me. It’s good to be back and I hope to see you all back again next year”, said Sinner.

Djokovic will have to defend 2315 points on clay against Sinner’s 585. Sinner will only drop 45 points after his second round defeat at last year’s edition of the French Open. 

Sinner won three titles at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami and lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the Indian Wells semifinal during a very successful 2024 season.

“I try to improve and enjoy the moment. Today I won the important points and that made the difference. In the last two matches, I faced two totally different players like Medvedev and Dimitrov. It’s nice to find a different solution each time to face different opponents. Now there is the clay season and it’s totally different, but even there, we’ll see how I manage things, and we will see how it goes”, said Sinner.

Sinner admitted in his interview after his triumph against Grigor Dimitrov in the Miami Open Final that he will have limited time to adapt to prepare for the clay season which starts next week with the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He recognized that he needs time to adapt his playing style in the transition from hard-court to clay. 

“On Thursday I am going to hit on clay for the first time and in Monte-Carlo I will be starting on Tuesday or Wednesday already, so there is not much room to try things out. Monte-Carlo is a difficult tournament because players have not time to adapt to the different conditions. I always struggled in Madrid. I feel better in Rome. I hope I will be able to play in Paris. For me it’s going to be an important week because mentally I have to be ready to change something right from the start since I can’t play like I did on hard-court. I am glad to go back to clay because I feel like it makes a better player”, said Sinner. 

Sinner feels like he can play on every surface and become an all-round player. 

“I made quarter finals in all Grand Slams and in different surfaces. I feel like getting stronger physically helps you a lot, because like when the ball is bouncing a little bit lower, if you have a little more strength, you can play a little bit longer with this. Let’s see this year on clay how I can handle the situation. It’s going to be this year. I will not have a lot of time to adapt to the clay season because Monte-Carlo is coming very soon”

Sinner has become the highest ranked Italian player in history since 1973 and is aiming to become the 29th player to reach the world number 1 before the end of the year. 

“It has been a very special week for me. I have faced very different situations on the court, different oppontents. I was full of energy during the Miami final. I am very happy to be the number two in the world, but it’s just a number. For me the most important thing is trying to execute my game plan in the best possible way, which I have done. I am happy. From the end of last year until now I have been very consistent. The way we practise is making me stronger and I am in the zone. Let’s see how long it lasts. What does this feel like ? You anticipate your opponent’s game a little more and I was very focused to try and understand what is happening in important moments”, said Sinner. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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Martina Trevisan beats Naomi Osaka to reach the second round in Rouen

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Martina Trevisan upset former world number 1 Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Open Capfinances Rouen Metropole. 

Osaka has played her first clay-court match since Roland Garros 2022, where she lost to Amanda Anisimova. The Japanese player has not won a match on clay since beating Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Madrid Mutua Open in 2022. She helped Japan beat Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup. 

Trevisan reached the quarter final in 2020 and the semifinal in 2022 at Roland Garros. The former world number 18 won her only title in Rabat in 2022. She reached the quarter finals of the Zaragoza ITF 100 tournament. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games. Osaka earned two break points at 3-2 and three more chances at 4-3, but she was not able to convert them. Trevisan broke serve in the ninth game following a series of forehand errors. 

Trevisan broke twice in the third and seventh games and served out the win on her first match point. 

Sixteen-year-old Mirra Andreeva beat Elina Avanesyan 7-5 6-4 in 1 hour and 41 minutes to reach her second quarter final of 2024. 

Andreeva went up a break in the seventh game, but Avanesyan pulled back on serve to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the second time in the 11th game to win the second set 7-5. Andreeva broke in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Avanesyan converted her third break-back point in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Andreeva broke serve at love in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Avanesyan broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the third time in the ninth game and served out the win on her second match point after saving two break points. 

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