Nadal and Thiem not in the Top 25 in the ATP Race, Federer not in the Top 200

(Jürgen Fritz, 06.04.2021) If we look back at the first quarter of 2021, we can see: For five top eight players the new season started quite well, especially for Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, but for three others extremely badly. Rafael Nadal is not in the top 25 in the ATP Race, Dominic Thiem not in the top 35 and Roger Federer not even in the top 200. Instead, we see three big surprises among the top eight.

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Sinner and Hurkacz in the Miami Open final

(Jürgen Fritz, 03.04.2021) The Miami Open 2021 is the tournament of surprises. In the final of the first Masters 1000 event of the year, the fifth largest tournament in the world (96-player main draw), it is not Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem or Rafael Nadal, nor Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev or Andrey Rublev, but two completely different players that hardly anyone would have expected: Jannik Sinner and Hubert Hurkacz. How it came to this.

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