Jannik Sinner became the youngest ATP Masters 1000 finalist since Rafael Nadal in 2005. The youngest to hit the final in Miami by Novak Djokovic in 2007. With the victory against Roberto Bautista Agut, he also became the second Italian in history (at least since 1990) to hit such a goal on such a stage.
He did it at the Miami Open 2021. After not taking advantage of a 6-5 advantage during a very complicated inaugural fraction (however with the service available) he completely shut down. He canceled, yes, a handful of balls for 0-5 in the second (even approaching 4-4) but he woke up too late.
After Denis Kudla, Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev, Hubert Hurkacz completes the weekly masterpiece with a 7-6 (4) 6-4 which he builds in just over ninety minutes of play and obviously becomes the first to add the flag of Poland on the bulletin board of an ATP Master 1000 in history.
The third title in his career - obviously the most valuable - will allow him to sit on the number sixteen step of the ranking. Sinner will be twenty-two, you are in the Race.
It would be enough to lay eyes on the percentage of first balls on the court and on the number of unforced errors.
52 and 28 only in the first set. The Italian talent, nineteen years old, shows some signs of weakness. Needless to say, he needs to slide to 0-3 to gain a minimum of confidence with the shots at the beginning of the exchange and to set up with the forehand from the baseline.
Sinner finds himself on 30-40 during game-number-eight, he gets out of trouble with a first winner and then condenses the vast majority of physical mental energies on 5-5. One step away from the first mini-goal. The South Tyrolean tennis player survives an arm wrestling at 15-30 with a splendid backhand solution from the center and puts his head forward at the first useful opportunity.
Over? Not at all. Called to close, the number twenty-three of the big group completely turns off the light. Hurkacz wins the next six points, wastes, yes, a mini-break advantage, but he takes advantage of a banality of the challenger leaving the service at 2-3 and drags himself rather easily on 6-2.
He finishes 7-4. In the first "1000" final between two Top 30s since 2003 - the fifth youngest in the tournament since 1990 - the second set turns out to be a completely necessary side dish. Sinner - completely short of physical and mental energy - ends up appearing in Hurkacz's show.
That with a (heavy) 3-0 to keep, he finds himself having two balls for the 5-0 and at the same time thanking the tape, at 30-30, in the heart of the eighth game. In the most important round of his career, the Pole trembles at 30-15 with the forehand being set up and then takes advantage of a rather trivial mistake by Sinner. One more time on 30-30.