Teen Jannik Sinner joins the Djokovic club
Italian youngster bounces back from slow start to beat his compatriot in Great Ocean Road Open in Melbourne ahead of Australian Open
Bengaluru — Italian teenager Jannik Sinner beat compatriot Stefano Travaglia 7-6(4) 6-4 in the Great Ocean Road Open final on Sunday in Melbourne, becoming the youngest player to have won two ATP titles since Novak Djokovic in 2006.
The 19-year-old, who won the Sofia Open at the end of 2020, came through a marathon contest against Karen Khachanov in the previous round of the Australian Open warm-up and made a slow start to the final, having to wrestle back a break of serve in the opening set before taking it in a tiebreak.
Sinner twice led by a break in the second set but failed to drive home his advantage, allowing Travaglia to stick around in the contest.
But a third break at 4-4 put Sinner in position to serve for the match and he sealed his second career title when Travaglia dumped a forehand into the net.
“Yesterday I had a tough match against Karen, so today I’m very happy with my performance,” he said. “Sometimes you feel a bit tired, and for me that was in the second set.
“But you have to find a solution, which I’ve done today, and for that I’m very proud.”
Sinner opens his Australian Open campaign against 11th seed Denis Shapovalov on Monday and the Italian expects another tight contest.
“It’s going to be a tough match for sure against Denis. It’s going to be an interesting one, we are both very young players, and I’m just excited,” he said.
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