Rotterdam | Medvedev downs Sinner for title

Jannik Sinner couldn’t maintain his successful roll after winning the Montpellier title seven days ago and then reaching ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam where he ran out of steam after taking the opening set.

I started playing just a little bit more offensive on a few shots, and it managed to work well at the beginning of the second set. I just managed to continue pushing him mentally down until the end of the match. Daniil Medvedev

His opponent Daniil Medvedev rallied from a set down to defeat the Italian 5-7 6-2 6-2 to win the title for the first time.

It was his 16th career title and 15th overall on hard courts and in the process handed Sinner just his second defeat in nine career tour-finals.

“It was a very tough match, I would say mentally for both of us, I think,” Medvedev said on the ATP Tour website. “Jannik was on top of me, especially in the first part of the first set. I managed to come back into the set even though, in my opinion, I was playing worse than him. Maybe that gave me some time to find my rhythm.

“I started playing just a little bit more offensive on a few shots, and it managed to work well at the beginning of the second set. I just managed to continue pushing him mentally down until the end of the match.”

Medvedev broke in the seventh game of the third set for 5-2 then served it out, winning the final three games of the match.

The 21-year-old Sinner had won his last seven matches thanks in part to a strong service game but on the day was broken five times.

“I played many matches in the past days and I’m very happy to be in this kind of position,” Sinner said. “Obviously in the first set I felt great, I started off in the best way. In the second, the momentum changed a little bit and in the third set I didn’t serve that well.

“But I think I have improved, especially against him, and so I will try to look forward to [more] of these kinds of matches.”


Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev pose with their respective trophies

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