Sinner dominates Dimitrov for Miami Open title

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MIAMI GARDENS, April 1, (AP): Jannik Sinner’s strong 2024 continued as he won the Miami Open with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov.
In a flawless display on a 79-degree afternoon, Sinner, the 2024 Australian Open champion, moved to 22-1 on the year in winning the Miami Open for the first time. Sinner had been runner-up twice in 2021 and 2023.

In his second straight Miami Open finals appearance (Sinner lost last year to Daniil Medvedev), the 22-year-old played with an abundance of confidence despite the crowd cheering on the underdog from Bulgaria. Sinner ended it in 1 hour, 13 minutes with a backhand winner.
Sinner dropped just seven games combined in the semifinals and finals.
“This was my third time in the final and I figured this would be the lucky one,″ Sinner said. “I’m really happy I can hold the big trophy.″

Chants of “Grigor’’ resounded the entire match inside the home stadium of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Dimitrov had created a buzz this week with upsets of top seed Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals and No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.
“I felt like a rock star these days,’’ Dimitrov said.

Dimitrov, 10 years older than Sinner at 32, will climb into the top 10 rankings for the first time since 2018.
“Unfortunately, 10 years made a huge difference today,” Dimitrov said. “It’s Jannik’s week. He’s been playing amazing tennis.”
Sinner also hit a milestone, moving from No. 3 to 2 – the highest ranking of his young career and in Italian history.

“It means a lot to me,’’ Sinner said. “More importantly it was a great performance for me. Being No. 2 is an amazing feeling and never thought to be at this point. I come from a very normal family and my dad is still working and my mom too.’’

Sinner, who was never broken and faced just one break point, was undeterred by the pro-Dimitrov crowd and could be an early favorite for the upcoming French Open.
The men’s tour swings in April to the clay-court season in Europe finished off by the French at Roland Garros which begins on May 20.

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