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The time for the Sunshine Double has finally arrived. After a few scattered weeks around the globe, the best tennis players converge in California. Often dubbed the fifth Grand Slam, the BNP Paribas Open marks the beginning of several exceptional months. The Masters 1000 tournaments will unfold until the climax at Roland Garros. Let’s review the dynamics that will shape the ATP tour until Paris.

Tennis lovers have long feared the post-Big 3 era. Last season and this one prove that this fear remains unfounded. The men’s tour has rarely been a source of such suspense and turmoil.

The king is dead, long live the king

The pitfall of instant culture haunts our society. Tennis has not escaped it. A few months ago, Novak Djokovic had one of the greatest seasons of his career. Everywhere, his longevity and near invincibility were celebrated. Today, his age and his first defeat at the Australian Open since 2018 fuel many discussions.

The man with 24 Grand Slam titles has not yet shown his best tennis this year. It’s no secret. Isn’t the common trait of all champions to win even when their game resists them? Not considering ‘Nole’ as the favorite of the tournament would be a mistake – one that some have too often made. His title at the US Open after his heartbreaking defeat at Wimbledon is proof of this.

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Jannik Sinner is the man in form this season. It is needless to deny that he is in a better dynamic than Novak Djokovic – or anyone else on the tour. He’s on a 16-matches winning streak. His last defeat dates back to the ATP Finals final. Beating him would be a titanic challenge. His game reading, early ball striking, constant aggressiveness, and unwavering confidence make him formidable. Who better than the world number one – eager for revenge – to achieve this feat?

The high society

Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev embody the main obstacles to a great final between the Serb and the Italian. Last year’s champions of Indian Wells and Miami, the Spaniard and the Russian do not arrive in the Californian desert with the same stature this year. The Australian Open finalist has played little this season compared to his usual habits. A defeat in the semi-finals of Dubai against Ugo Humbert – and nothing else since Melbourne. Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil has played one more tournament without any further success. Both men find themselves in the same situation: to prove that a mixed start to the season does not define the rest of their journey in 2024.

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The People

The bottom of the top 10 is full of promises, disappointments, and misunderstandings. Weeks go by and resemble each other. Alex De Minaur is the only one to have won a title among Andrey Rublev, Alexander Zverev, Holger Rune, Hubert Hurkacz, and Casper Ruud this year. A great feat is never far away but seems unlikely this fortnight. The upcoming matches will reveal the mystery.

“What makes tennis so unpredictable is that a bad day can happen to anyone,” said Martina Navratilova. Will some be able to exploit this adage? Answer on March 17 at 3 p.m.

Marnie Abbou

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