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Sinner and Pospisil set up unseeded Sofia final.

Jannik Sinner is set to become the youngest ATP Tour winner since Kei Nishikori in 2008 if hecan defeat Vasek Pospisil in the final of the Sofia Open.

Today I felt quite well on court and it is good for me playing my first final this year. I am looking forward to tomorrow Jannik Sinner

Sinner became the youngest Italian in the open era to reach a tour final when he defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, at 5 the last seed remaining in the draw, 6-3 7-5.

The 19-year-old, ranked 44 and the youngest player in the top 100, eased himself into the match and only started to take control in the sixth game following a couple of Mannarino errors from the 32-year-old to lead 4-2, a lead he was to hold to take the first set.

It was a similar scenario in the second though Mannarino had opportunities for an early break but his young opponent held firm with some strong serving and made his own breakthrough at 5-5 when he broke to set up a great chance to serve out for his first career title match, which he duly achieved when the Frenchman missed a volley on match point in the 87-minute semi-final.

“It is nice to be in the final, playing one more match which, for me, is the most important,” Sinner told the media following his 18th win of the season.

“Today I felt quite well on court and it is good for me playing my first final this year. I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Meanwhile Pospisil followed him on court and looked set to fall at the hands of Richard Gasquet who claimed a highly contested opening set on a tie-break.

But the Canadian regrouped and turned the tables on the Frenchman to win 11 consecutive games and take the remaining place in the final 7-6(6) 6-2 6-0.

“I felt like I had some chances in the first set,” Pospisil said after his victory. “(I) was holding serve pretty comfortably so I was disappointed to lose that set, I felt like I was lacking that energy, so I raised the intensity in the second set, I tried to pump myself up.

“As soon as I got the break his intensity dropped and I stayed relatively consistent, aggressive and I am happy with the performance.”






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