Jannik Sinner returns a shot during the final against Grigor Dimitrov
Jannik Sinner returns a shot during the final against Grigor Dimitrov

Tennis: Flawless Sinner shines to win Miami Open

Jannik Sinner dominated Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-1 last Sunday to win the Miami Open for the first time.

The Italian fired a passing shot howling by his Bulgarian opponent for a crucial break in the first set and captured the opener with a brilliant backhand winner that brought the fans at Hard Rock Stadium to their feet.

The 32-year-old Dimitrov, who has experienced a career renaissance this season, had no answer for Sinner's flawless game in the second set and was broken again when his backhand landed in the net to fall behind 3-1.

Dimitrov badly missed an overhead to hand Sinner the 5-1 lead and did not even try to chase down Sinner's backhand winner on championship point.

Sinner won 88 per cent of his first serve points and thumped 15 winners to capture the title in South Florida after finishing as the runner-up in 2021 and 2023.

Australian Open champion Sinner, who scooped a second Masters 1000 title following his success in Canada last year, has won 25 of his last 26 matches and has only lost three times since last year's US Open.

The 22-year-old tookover the world number two ranking from his rival Carlos Alcaraz yesterday. 

Meanwhile, American Danielle Collins overcame fourth seed Elena Rybakina to win the final of the Miami Open 7-5 6-3 last Saturday and claim the title on home soil in her farewell season.

Collins won nearly 75% of her first-serve points while claiming three of her seven break points on her way to victory in just over two hours after a stunning final set that left the crowd, including former Miami champion Andre Agassi breathless.

"This is my first WTA 1000 and I worked so hard, it has taken me a bit longer than a lot of the other players," 30-year-old Collins told Sky Sports.

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