Jannik Sinner Makes History with Back-to-Back Wins After Grand Slam Victory

Jannik Sinner Makes History with Back-to-Back Wins After Grand Slam Victory

Chaining memorable professional successes is not within the reach of many and this is evident when reviewing an astonishing statistic that Jannik Sinner has blown up this week. The young Italian tennis player broke a 23-year drought consisting of the inability of up to 15 new Grand Slam winners to emerge champions of the first tournament played after that.

They say that the most difficult thing is not to get there, but to stay, but Jannik Sinner He is willing to show the world that his is not a flash in the pan and that he is going to do everything possible to prolong his winning streak at the start of the season. Winning a Grand Slam tournament is the great dream of every child who begins to play tennis, and it becomes a goal, at first utopian and then realistic, as steps are taken in the progression towards professionalism. Achieving it is an infinite liberation, an overflowing joy that represents the materialization of years of effort and sacrifice.

The normal thing is that after that, the adrenaline goes down, there is a certain tendency towards relaxation and self-indulgence. But a privileged few are able to avoid the hangover of success and add a new title immediately after their first major win. Sinner is one of them and there are very few who have achieved it lately. Focusing on 1990 forward, when the calendario ATP is similar to the one in force today, we only find five tennis players who managed to rearm themselves quickly after their historic success in Grand Slamand win the next tournament they played.

– Federer was the closest to achieving it among the members of the Big 3

Many will believe that a feat of this caliber would be achieved by one of the members of the Big 3, but that was not the case. In fact, Rafael Nadal lost a match just two days after lifting the title at Roland Garros 2005; It was on the grass of Halle against the local Alexander Waske, who was able to take advantage of the Balearic Islander’s doubts on a surface to which he was not very accustomed, and the wear and tear that competing just 48 hours after winning in Paris meant for him. For his part, Novak Djokovic He decided to play a Davis Cup eliminator days after breaking the mold at the 2008 Australian Open, and was defeated by Davydenko, while his first official tournament as Grand Slam champion was in Marseille, where he succumbed in the second round to Simon.

The person closest to achieving it among the legends of the Big 3 was Roger Federer. Just a few days after inaugurating his Grand Slam record at Wimbledon 2003, the Swiss headed to the heart of the Swiss Alps to compete in the Gstaad tournament. He reached the final, but was defeated by Jiri Novak in a memorable duel resolved in five sets, as occurred in the relevant tournaments of that time. It is a common denominator to rush when it comes to reappearing on the courts after winning the first Grand Slam, and this is what usually prevents an achievement like Sinner’s this week, who was able to stop for a few weeks, rest and keep training.

Players like Del Potro, Cilic, Wawrinka, Thiem and Medvedev have been able to infiltrate the Big 3 empire and were unable to maintain a good competitive level in the following weeks, nor was Andy Murray, who scored a creditable semi-final in the tournament. Tokyo a few months after triumphing in the 2012 US Open. This greatly reduces the list of candidates and means that only two players in the entire 21st century have managed to win a title after their first Grand Slam, while the other two who did so framed their exploits in the 90s.

– Sinner, the only one on the list who had to beat high-ranking players in the tournament after his first Grand Slam

A Spanish tennis player, as he is Sergi Bruguera, was able to win the title at Roland Garros 1993 and decided to skip the grass tour to reappear in Gstaad, where he beat Corretja, in the quarterfinals, and the world number 14 at that time in the final, which was Karel Novacek . He took the baton Thomas Muster, also champion on the Parisian clay court. After reigning at Roland Garros 1995, the Austrian made the same decision as Bruguera; giving up competing on grass to play a minor clay tournament, such as the one in St Polten, where his highest-ranked rival was Ulihrach, 68th in the world.

For its part, Marat Safin He also took advantage of the draw’s weakness in a minor tournament to register his name on this list. The Russian surprised the world by winning the title at the 2000 US Open, and weeks later he traveled to Tashkent, to win an event in which he only had to face one player from the top-100, which was the Swiss Bastl, 84th in the world at that time. We have now reached the end of our list, being Lleyton Hewitt the precedent of Jannik Sinner in this curious statistic. The Australian had achieved the feat of becoming champion at the 2001 US Open, and not content with that, he competed in the Davis Cup, where he beat Bjorkmann and Johansson, and then went to Tokyo, where he won the title after beating Kratochvil ( 57 in the world) in the final.

So what he has achieved Jannik Sinnerchaining triumphs in the Open the Australia 2024 and the ATP 500 Rotterdam 2024, represents a historical feat that must be valued. In addition, he has had to beat a top-10 tennis player, like Álex de Miñaur, and players with extensive experience and notable careers, like Raonic or Monfils, as well as the two best Dutch tennis players of the moment, who arrived wanting to reign. before his audience. In short, a memorable achievement by a young Italian tennis player who will try to continue writing his name with golden letters in the annals of the history of this sport.

2024-02-19 06:22:34
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