Sinner is No. 29! Meet all the number ones

Sinner is the first Italian to join this exclusive group

June 10, 2024

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Rafael Nadal defeated Nicolás Lapentti in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Western & Southern Open to guarantee his promotion to No. 1 in the PIF ATP Rankings.
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Jannik Sinner is the 29th player to reach world number 1 in the history of the PIF ATP Rankings.

Ilie Nastase was the first in 1973 and, 51 years later, Sinner has joined the elite group, becoming the first Italian to achieve the feat. celebrates Sinner’s rise to No. 1 with a series of profiles of the 29 legends who have risen to the top of men’s tennis.

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Jannik Sinner: The skilled Italian who rose to the top

Carlos Alcaraz: The happy game that took him to No. 1

Daniil Medvedev: A one-of-a-kind No. 1

Andy Murray: The man who ended the reign of the Big Three

Novak Djokovic: The complete player

Rafael Nadal: The definitive competitor

Federer on No. 1: ‘I decided I would like to stay there’

Andy Roddick: A competitive missile launcher

Juan Carlos Ferrero: The humble mosquito

Lleyton Hewitt: Debuted at No. 1 at 20 years old

Guga On No. 1: ‘The highlight of my career by far’

Marat Safin: The man of fire

Patrick Rafter: When a good guy ends up in first place

Yevgeny Kafelnikov: Cara de póquer

Carlos Moyà: Spanish pioneer at the top

Marcelo Ríos: The first South American at No. 1

Thomas Muster: From tragedy to the top

Andre Agassi: From rebel to philosopher

Pete Sampras: “Let my racket do the talking”

Jim Courier: “You have to go to the limit to be exceptional”

Boris Becker: From child prodigy to No. 1

Stefan Edberg: No. 1 with elegance and courage

Mats Wilander: “The ball always comes back”

Ivan Lendl: The Monk in the Iron Mask

John McEnroe: An artist at No. 1

Bjorn Borg: The Iceman and Elvis, all in one

Jimmy Connors on No. 1: “It’s a lonely place, but it has the best view”

John Newcombe: The man behind the mustache

Ilie Nastase, the first No. 1

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