ATP Finals: Jannik Sinner makes winning debut and enters history books

Matteo Berrettini had to withdraw from the first ATP Finals staged in front of his Italian fans in Turin. Instead of Matteo, the crowd got a chance to watch another Italian star, as Jannik Sinner replaced his compatriot and defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 25 minutes. The 20-year-old secured the first ATP Finals victory in style, becoming the youngest debutant with a triumph at this event since Lleyton Hewitt in 2000! Also, Sinner added 200 points to his tally, enough to pass Felix Auger-Aliassime on the ATP ranking list and finish the season in the top-10 as the fifth-youngest player since 1994! Hubert beat Jannik in the Miami final this spring, and the Italian had a clear advantage in front of the home crowd tonight, winning 20 points more than the Pole and defending all five break chances to mount the pressure on the other side.

Jannik Sinner lost only four games against Hubert Hurkacz in Turin.

Hubert was nowhere near that pace, getting broken twice in each set to experience the second defeat on his ATP Finals debut ahead of the last clash versus Alexander Zverev. Firing from all cylinders, Jannik had the advantage in the shortest and more extended rallies, dictating the pace with his forehand and sealing the deal in style. The older player secured the opening game with a service winner and earned a break chance in the following one, denied by Jannik’s service winner. The home star broke in game three after Hurkacz’s loose backhand, a shot that would cause him troubles throughout the encounter.

In the fourth game, the Italian defended three break chances to cement the lead before breaking again with a beautiful volley winner and increasing the advantage to 4-1. Serving at 5-2, Sinner held after deuce thanks to Hurkacz’s forehand mistake to secure the opener in 44 minutes and gain a boost. Jannik defended the fifth and last break point in the second set’s second game and stole the return game in the next one to move a set and a break in front. In the fourth game, the 20-year-old held after three deuces and brought the sixth game home at love for a 4-2 lead. In game seven, Hubert experienced a break at love, and Jannik held at 30 in the next one to emerge at the top and start a massive celebration in front of the partisan crowd.

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