ATP Sofia: Jannik Sinner got his first ATP final!

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ATP Sofia: Jannik Sinner got his first ATP final!

At nineteen-years-old, Jannik Sinner becomes the youngest Italian player to reach a final in the ATP Tour. The youngest, in general, by Felix Auger Aliassime since 2018. By winning the tournament, the Italian talented would touch up the record of Kei Nishikori, champion at eighteen on Delray Beach hard courts.

As in the vast majority of cases, the San Candido tennis player plays a game of incredible substance. Even against Adrian Mannarino, one who hardly fights alone, he places the decisive paw in the heart of the inaugural fraction and resists a moment of difficulty in the second course.

Needless to say, he erases the three break points that he puts on the Frenchman's plate as a whole, condenses the vast majority of attention (physical and technical) at the foot of the tie break. Effectively sealing the success at 6-3 7-5 with a 10-0 mega-run.

Waiting for him will be Vasek Pospisil who defeated Richard Gasquet in the other semifinal.

Jannik Sinner's wins

After a rather delicate study phase, seasoned with some free unscheduled free games, Sinner manages to make the baseline shots heavier.

To put his feet on the pitch during the prolonged exchanges, to tease the French regularist with a strong blow on the left diagonal. Mannarino contributes to the cause with two rather trivial choices on 2-3 (despite an advantage of 40-30 to be kept) above all he sends the challenger in the lead in the heart of the set.

The Italian tennis player, despite some minor flaws, manages the situation with the available joke. Needless to say, he leaves just two fifteen on the road in the last two batting rounds and crosses the first goal line with a 6-3 on his shoulders.

Mannarino obviously makes some small improvements to the tactical plan. He tries to eliminate the unforced ones from the day's project and above all not to give reference points from the baseline to the blue player. Well done, on the whole, to hold on to the match even in the moment of maximum difficulty and to cancel a total of three break points between the fourth and sixth game.

When logic seems to push towards jeu decisif (a banality) Mannarino gets stuck once again with the reverse. From 5-5 it is a lapidary 8-0 split to put an end to the matter. Meanwhile the ATP Finals 2020 groups were drawn: Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman and Daniil Medvedev are with Novak Djokovic, while Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev with Rafa Nadal.

The big absentee of this edition is Roger Federer, who has skipped the most of the season due to double surgery on his right knee. The Swiss Maestro will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, in Melboure.