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French Open: Jannik Sinner is in the round of 16 and a little closer to first place

French Open: Jannik Sinner is in the round of 16 and a little closer to first place

The Australian Open winner reached the round of 16 at the French Open, thus taking the next step towards the top of the world rankings. The 22-year-old, who still ranks second in the ATP rankings, won the third round 6:4, 6:4, 6:4 against Russian Pawel Cotto. Also in three sets, but more competitively, Wimbledon winner Carlos Alcaraz defeated American Sebastian Korda in the evening 6:4, 7:6 (7:5), 6:3.

Sinner will replace Serbian Novak Djokovic as number one if he reaches the final – even if he loses to Djokovic in the final. If Djokovic does not win the tournament, South Tyrolean will also reach the semi-finals. If Djokovic does not reach the semifinals, Sinner will certainly become the new world number one.

To date, no Italian male or female has topped the individual world rankings. Sinner has reached the round of 16 at the French Open for the fourth time, but went further in his first showing of 2020. Sinner's next opponent will be Frenchman Corentin Moutet on Friday afternoon.

Russian Andrey Rublev was the first player from the top ten in the rankings to bid farewell to the tournament. The world number six lost to Sinner's compatriot Matteo Arnaldi surprisingly 6:7 (6:8), 2:6, 4:6.

For Rublev, this is the continuation of a remarkable run of top-ten finishes: in the 26 Grand Slam tournaments he has played since his debut at Flushing Meadows in 2015, he has not even reached the semifinals.