Staggering statistics behind Jannik Sinner’s dominant Miami Open triumph

Kevin Palmer
Jannik Sinner beat Grigor Dimitrov in the Miami Open final
Jannik Sinner beat Grigor Dimitrov in the Miami Open final

Jannik Sinner appears to be on his way to becoming the next world No 1 in men’s tennis and the statistics behind his crushing Miami Open title success back up his status as the man to beat in the men’s game.

Sinner suffered a dip in form mid-way through his Indian Wells semi-final against Carlos Alcaraz that led to his only defeat of 2024, but he has looked unbeatable in every other match he has played this year.

His 6-3, 6-1 win against Grigor Dimitrov in the Miami Open final was another example of his flawless brilliance and the ATP statistics confirmed he made just four unforced errors in the two sets he played against his Bulgarian rival.

That was contrasted by 15 crushing winners and a flawless success rate when he came to the net, winning six out of six points when he moved forward.

Worryingly for his rivals, Sinner only made 56 per-cent of his first serves and that statistic suggests he has room for improvement in that department, even though he still only lost three points from 24 when he got his first serve into court.

The ATP Tour uses four service metrics percentages plus the average number of aces per match and subtracts the average number of double faults per match to determine a player’s Serve Rating.

On this statistic, Sinner dominated Dimitorv as his service rating was 308 compared to Dimitrov’s 226 and his return rating – served up using a similar formula to service rating – was a massive 191 compared to Dimitrov’s 49.

Remarkably, Sinner lost just 13 games in his final three matches of the Miami Open, beating Tomas Machac 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-final, seeing off Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-1 in a devastating semi-final performance and then dismantling Dimitrov for the loss of just three games in the final.

This was another stunning performance from Sinner, who was in cruise control after seeing off an early surge of pressure from Dimitrov, who had the first opportunity to gain the upper hand as he forced an early break point.

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That moment slipped away, allowing Sinner to take control and he broke in the next game to open up a lead before missing more break points to go 5-2 up.

His domination continued, though, as he only let Dimitrov win one more game in the match.

The Italian took the first set with a stunning backhand down the line and then was in total control of the second set as his opponent barely got on the board.

Sinner closed it out to claim a second Masters 1000 title, securing a win that will fire him up to a new career-high ranking of No 2.

“I’m running out of superlatives. Sinner is unbeatable right now,” declared tennis icon Martina Navratilova on Sky Sports Tennis.

“I think the only person who could beat him is Djokovic.

“Jannik is just cruising. He’s not even firing at 100 per cent and still wins the match easily.”

Former British No 1 Annabel Croft gave her verdict on Sinner’s form, as she suggested he has found a magic formula on court.

“Sinner has only had the one loss this year, to (Carlos) Alcaraz in the semi-final at Indian Wells,” said Croft.

“Of course he has his first Grand Slam title under his belt at the Australian Open and that has given him a huge boost of confidence.

“He is just taking it all in his stride. He seems to be going from strength to strength.

“Everybody is talking about all of the improvements in his game, and not just his groundstrokes which are so rock-solid from the back of the court. He has this ability to just explode onto the ball. Something has clicked inside of him.”