Jannik Sinner lived up to his hype on Saturday as the Italian teenager defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6, 7-69#) to win a first ATP-level title in Sofia.
Victory in the Bulgarian capital took two and a quarter-hours against the 30-year-old Canadian; Pospisil has now been beaten in all three of his career Tour-level finals.
Sinner, ranked 44th, is the youngest player in the Top 100; his victory at the senior level came a year after winning the unofficial NextGen Finals in Milan over Alex De Minaur.
The winner overcame 14 acres off the Pospisil racquet; the Canadian has yet to lift an ATP singles trophy, though he won Wimbledon doubles in 2014 and holds nine titles at the Challenger level.
The Sofia final marked the end of a regular ATP season seriously affected by a five-month spring and summer shutdown for COVID-19.
Sinner, from the German-speaking alpine north of Italy, set a few fresh records, becoming the youngest man in a dozen years to lift an ATP Tour title as well as the sixth first-time champion of the season.
The previous youngest titlewinner was Kei Nishikori. aged 18 when he won at Delray Beach in 2008.
Sinner’s ranking will climb to a year-end No. 37 after scoring three wins over Top 10 players in 2020.
It is always special when you win tournaments, I felt well this week,” Sinner said.
“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’m happy about the match, how I tried to stay there every point. It was a very special week for me.”
Main photo:- Jannik Sinner with his first ATP tour title © Sofia Open