Carlos Alcaraz will lose his No 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic after his Miami Open title defence came to a crushing end on Friday night. The top seed was stunned by Italy’s Jannick Sinner, who rallied from a set down to claim a huge 6-7 6-4 6-2 victory in a thrilling semi-final battle.
And the Spaniard’s failure to maintain top spot is a bonus for 35-year-old Djokovic, who could only watch the Sunshine Double from afar after he was denied entry into the United States. The US still requires international visitors to be vaccinated and unvaccinated Djokovic had his application for special permission to compete blocked.
But Alcaraz is not seeing his momentum-halting defeat as a missed opportunity as Djokovic returned to No 1. “For me it is like I lost the semi-final,” he said. “I don’t think about that I lost the No. 1, I lost the Sunshine Double. I don’t think about it.