Jannik Sinner and Grigor Dimitrov after the Miami Open final.

March ATP Recap: Sinner and Alcaraz Emerge Best in Class

With back-to-back ATP 1000 events on U.S. soil, March made for one of the most exciting months of the season. Here's who emerged with titles:

March 6-17
ATP 1000 Indian Wells: Carlos Alcaraz def. Daniil Medvedev

March 19-31
ATP 1000 Miami: Jannik Sinner def. Grigor Dimitrov

Sinner Shines in Miami

Jannik Sinner claimed his third title of the season in Miami this past weekend — he’s only played four tournaments all year.

The 22-year-old (UTR rating 16.31) is now ranked at a new career-high of ATP world No. 2 thanks to the ATP 1000 victory, adding to his Australian Open and Rotterdam trophies. He is No. 1 in the UTR rankings.

On Sunday, Sinner bested Grigor Dimitrov (UTR 15.67) in the final 6-3, 6-1, clearly displaying why he has been the best player of 2024 so far.

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Dimitrov had already put on a fabulous show to make the championship match, with three consecutive takedowns of higher-ranked rivals. He defeated 2021 Miami Open champion Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round, top seed and Indian Wells champion Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals, and Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4 in the semifinals.

Jannik Sinner and Grigor Dimitrov shake hands.

Dimitrov, who won Brisbane to open the season, is now back inside the ATP Top 10 at world No. 9 for the first time since the end of 2018. He’s No. 12 in the world based on UTR Rating.

The other Miami Open semifinal saw Sinner defeat Daniil Medvedev handily by a 6-1, 6-2 scoreline. Medvedev (UTR 15.91) and Sinner were the only two players to reach the final four or better at both Miami and Indian Wells.

Sinner was a semifinalist at Indian Wells two weeks prior, losing to eventual champion Alcaraz.

Alcaraz Rocks Indian Wells Field

In the Indian Wells final, Alcaraz (UTR 16.04) bested Medvedev for the championship 7-6(5), 6-1 for his first trophy of the year, successfully defending his 2023 crown.

Carlos Alcaraz with his Indian Wells trophy.

The surprise semifinalist in Indian Wells was Tommy Paul, leveling up his strong play from February which saw him win his second career title at Dallas. It was the American’s second-ever Masters 1000 semifinal, the first coming last year in Toronto. His best victory en route was over No. 9 seed Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals.

Paul (UTR 15.56) came out swinging against Medvedev before eventually falling by a score of 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2.

In doubles action, Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic claimed the Indian Wells title over Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, while top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden won the Miami Open over Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek.

With the turn of the calendar into April, the ATP is set for eight tournaments – all on clay – through the month, highlighted by the ATP 1000 in Monte Carlo.

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