Janik Sinner poses with his Rotterdam trophy.

February ATP Recap: Sinner, Thompson, and Paul Capture Titles in Busy Month

After focusing in on Australia for most of the 2024 calendar’s opening month, the ATP Tour spread out to many corners of the globe in February, featuring tournaments across four continents.

February 5-11

ATP 250 Dallas: Tommy Pauldef. Marcos Giron
ATP 250 Marseille: Ugo Humbert def. Grigor Dimitrov
ATP 250 Cordoba: Luciano Darderi def. Facundo Bagnis

February 12-18
ATP 500 Rotterdam: Jannik Sinner def. Alex de Minaur
ATP 250 Delray Beach: Taylor Fritz def. Tommy Paul
ATP 250 Buenos Aires: Facundo Diaz Acosta def. Nicolas Jarry

February 19-25
ATP 500: Rio: Sebastian Baez def. Mariano Navone
ATP 250 Doha: Karen Khachanov def. Jakub Mensik
ATP 250: Los Cabos: Jordan Thompson def. Casper Ruud

February 26-March 3:
ATP 500 Dubai: Ugo Humbert def. Alexander Bublik
ATP 500 Acapulco: Alex de Minaur def. Casper Ruud
ATP 250 Santiago: Sebastian Baez def. Alejandro Tabilo

Here are five players with noteworthy performances over the past few weeks in men’s tennis:

Janik Sinner (UTR Rating 16.19)

The 2024 season is certainly Sinner’s year so far. He is a perfect 12-0 in 2024, following up his first Grand Slam title in Melbourne with a second title at Rotterdam in February.

Ousting Alex de Minaur 7-5, 6-4 in the ATP 500 final, Sinner subsequently rose one more spot in the rankings to a new career-high of world No. 3. He now has 12 ATP titles at the age of 22.

Jordan Thompson (UTR 15.32)

After making two straight quarterfinals in Dallas and Delray Beach at the start of the month, Thompson turned it up a notch in Los Cabos. At the age of 29, he became an ATP singles champion, winning the ATP 250 title in Mexico for his first-ever singles trophy.

The Australian definitely earned it too, picking up some impressive triumphs along the way. In the semifinals, Thompson defeated ATP world No. 6 Alexander Zverev in a nailbiter – 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(2) – before he bested No. 12 Casper Ruud in the final by a score of 6-3, 7-6(4).

Thompson was rewarded with a new singles career-high ranking of No. 32 and, as a bonus, he added the Los Cabos doubles title to his haul (alongside compatriot Max Purcell).

Jakub Mensik (UTR 15.04)

Jakub Mensik made history by becoming the youngest Doha finalist ever with wins over Andy Murray, top seed Andrey Rublev, and Gael Monfils. The 18-year-old Czech would lose in the ATP 250 final to Karen Khachanov.

Mensik was playing in just this third ATP Tour event, and was rewarded for his breakthrough by reaching the ATP Top 100 for the first time.

Tommy Paul (UTR 15.49)

Tommy Paul was the standout of the U.S. circuit this month, winning the Dallas title and finishing runner-up in Delray Beach, both ATP 250 events. He went 7-1 in the two-week stretch, his only loss coming to fellow American Taylor Fritz.
For Paul, who is knocking on the door of the ATP Top 10 at No. 14, Dallas was his second ATP title and first since 2021.

Sebastian Baez (UTR 15.17)

Following titles in Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, a red-hot Sebastian Baez has jumped 11 spots to a new career high of ATP world No. 19. With a win over surprise finalist Mariano Navone in Rio, Baez secured his fifth ATP title and first at the ATP 500-level event, the biggest he’s won so far.

He extended his win streak to nine matches by winning the ATP 250 in Santiago the following week. It’s been a busy few weeks for the 23-year-old, as he also reached the semifinals at Cordoba and the quarterfinals of Buenos Aires, both clay-court ATP 250 tournaments.

Next up, the ATP Tour will meet up in the U.S. for Indian Wells and Miami, two of the biggest tournaments outside of the Grand Slams. All five of these players will hope to continue their strong play – especially Sinner, who was runner-up to Daniil Medvedev at Miami last year and a semifinalist at Indian Wells, where Carlos Alcaraz took the crown.

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