At the second career final in the ATP Tour, the young Jannik Sinner also imposes himself in the first all-Italian final since 1988 with an arduous 7-6 (4) 6-4 against Stefano Travaglia that he builds in just over two hours of play.
Both will return to the court in just over twenty-four hours for the first round of the Slam downunder, the reason for the harsh quarantine and realistically also for the Great Ocean Road Open, Melbourne 1 for ease of spelling.
Travaglia will deal with Frances Tiafoe, Sinner with Denis Shapovalov. Sinner goes beyond fatigue: the second title arrives in Melbourne. The number three in seeding is obviously conditioned by fatigue, the new by tension and a discomfort in the left leg.
The number fifty-five next to the row of unforced errors would suffice to summarize the actual quality of the first fraction. The number eight of seeding condenses the vast majority of attention at the start. Needless to say, he wins 90% of extended rallies and tries not to give reference points from the baseline.
At least up to 3-1, which engages by canceling a break point with a splendid backhand solution in the long line.
Great Ocean Road Open and Murray River Open finals
Sinner gets back on track without overdoing it (thanks to the massive contribution of his cuntryman) he dusts off the straight-service scheme from the closet and despite some smudging with the reverse (especially in response) and a decidedly fluctuating pace, he faces more continuity near the 40 -40 before the tie break.
Which then wins thanks to a passer-by on the break at the start. Travaglia, despite a greater quantity of petrol in the tank, pays the blow with a bad turn. The circumstances when the scoreboard says 1-1 however remain unaffected.
Needless to say, the blue number two gives another break (the third in a row) does not take advantage of any of the three chances he has to return to the next game, but regroups the score on 3-3 and even puts the arrow on 4-3.
Sinner, completely short of breath and legs, does not lose his clarity anyway and with what he has (little, if not very little) he clings to 4-4 and delivers the decisive push at the foot of the tenth game, recovering among other things also two fifteen behind.
Then called to serve for the title, the blue player draws a handful of winning serves from the deck and plays with great attention in times of need. In fact, putting the seal on the second career title in the best way. In the Murray River Open comes the seventh consecutive defeat in the final for Felix Auger Aliassime. To secure the title, with a practically perfect performance, is Dan Evans.