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Sinner wins first tour title in Sofia

Jannik Sinner is starting to fulfill his destiny as he collects his first title on the ATP Tour at the age of 19 by defeating Vasek Pospisil in three sets to pick up the Sofia Open crown in Bulgaria

It is a great feeling ending the year with a tournament win Jannik Sinner

The Italian teenager didn’t have it easy as the 30-year-old Canadian made a match of it when he forced the final into a deciding set and then he held on before conceding the championship match in a final tiebreak, 6-4 3-6 7-6(3).

Sinner, ranked 44, came out with some aggressive play from the outset putting the Canadian world ranked 72 immediately on the defensive as he broke for 2-1.

Pospisil had chances to break back but Sinner held on to pocket the first set, and then found himself struggling early in the second as he went a break down but he recovered for 1-all and then pull ahead 3-2 and 4-2 as Sinner, now under pressure himself, started to make more unforced errors.

With the match poised at a set-all, the momentum was very much in Pospisil’s favour and he kept tha up to earn himself a couple of early break pints only for Sinner to respond with some good serving.

From that point it was very much a guessing game as to which one of them break but neither offered up any opportunities to his opponent leaving the final matter to be decided by a tiebreak.

There the break came in the sixth point and it was Sinner who forced a Pospisil error which was enough for him to go on and become the champion of the Sofia Open.

“It was a very difficult match today, I played well especially the first set then I started struggling a bit; he was playing the second set better than me, (I) made some unforced errors,” Sinner admitted.

“It is always special when you win tournaments,” the new champion said on the ATP Tour official website.

“Playing finals like this, 7-6 in the third is always tough, but when you win, it is an even better win than winning 6-1 6-1.

“I am happy about the match, how I tried to stay there every point and I think it is a very special week for me.”

Now the youngster is determined to build on this success during the coming season.

“It is a great feeling ending the year with a tournament win,” Sinner added.

“Now I think the hard work is going to start once more. I hope I am going to start even better next year than I did this year.”






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