Teenager Jannik Sinner claims his first ATP title as he wins Sofia Open
Italian teenager Jannik Sinner claimed his first ATP Tour title with a battling victory over Vasek Pospisil in a deciding set tie-break to win the Sofia Open final.
The 19-year-old became the youngest winner of a top-tier event in more than 12 years after defeating the veteran Canadian 6-4 3-6 7-6 (3).
Sinner, who claimed the NextGen ATP Finals title in 2019 and made the quarter-finals of the French Open, finishes the year with a 19-11 record and is set to move into the world’s top 40 for the first time when the rankings are updated on Monday.
After building on an early break to take the opening set, Sinner moved 1-0 ahead in the second with more pressure on Pospisil’s serve.
What a moment, my first title, this will always have a special place in my heart. 💚 @ Sofia, Bulgaria https://t.co/Vy2s0MVeIK
— Jannik Sinner (@janniksin) November 15, 2020
The Canadian, though, rallied to immediately break back before then leading himself at 4-2 before closing out the set to level the match with a love-service hold.
Sinner regrouped for the decider and edged himself in front during the tie-break, claiming the title after forcing Pospisil into a long return from the baseline.
“It is always special when you win tournaments,” Sinner said, quoted on the ATP Tour official website.
“Playing finals like this, 7-6 in the third is always tough, but when you win, it is an even better win than winning 6-1 6-1.
“I am happy about the match, how I tried to stay there every point and I think it is a very special week for me.”
The Italian is determined to maintain his progress through to 2021.
“It is a great feeling ending the year with a tournament win,” Sinner added.
“Now I think the hard work is going to start once more. I hope I am going to start even better next year than I did this year.”
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