Sofia Open: Jannik Sinner outlasts Vasek Pospisil to win first ATP title
Jannik Sinner wins his first ATP title (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV)

Jannik Sinner has officially won his first ATP title beating the Canadian Vasek Pospisil in three tight sets 6-4, 3-6, and 7-6 in his first-ever final at the age of 19.

Sinner starts strong :

It didn't take long for the Italian to start putting pressure on the Vernon, BC native as he had two early breakpoints in the very first game of the match. The Canadian managed to save them with two big aces before the Italian set up a third chance to break with a beauty of a passing shot with the world number 74 at the net.

Again the Freeport, Bahamas resident came up big saving it and held his opening service game. After the 19-year-old held serve he would go back on the offensive earning more breakpoints as Pospisil hit a ball into the net.

Once again another unforced error from the Canadian gave the San Candido, Italy native the early break at 2-1, and the very next game the 30-year-old tried to get the break back after the Italian double-faulted to give the world number 74 a breakpoint.

Vasek Pospisil returning a ball ( : NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV)
Vasek Pospisil returning a ball ( : NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV)

The 44th ranked player in the world managed to hold serve to secure the break and would take the first set 6-4.

The Canadian comeback :

Pospisil found himself in trouble again in the first game of the second set as another unforced error gave the Italian a breakpoint which he would convert on with another sublime forehand winner to take an early 1-0 lead.

The break didn't last long as the very next game the Canadian had three breakpoints and would break back after the Italian would send a ball out to go back on serve at 1-1. The 30-year-old had the next chance to break at 3-2 and broke the 19-year-old serve after the Italian hit another unforced error to take a 4-2 lead.

That break was all the Vernon, BC native needed to take the second set 6-3 to set up a third set decider for the title.

Sinner with a backhand winner ( : NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV)
Sinner with a backhand winner ( : NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV)

The Italian Celebration :

Unlike the first two sets, the Canadian took the momentum of winning the second set and put pressure early on the Italian serve to earn two break points but the world number 44 saved both and held serve. After that, both players did a good job holding serve and the set and match and title would be decided by a tiebreaker.

The first five points of the breaker went with serve and at 3-2 Sinner got the break he needed to make it 4-2 after the Canadian would send another ball into the net. That break was all he needed and he would serve out the match to take the set, the match, and his first-ever ATP title.

" it was a very difficult match today, I played well especially the third set than I started struggling a bit, he was playing the second set better than me, made some unforced errors, but it's a nice feeling obviously having that first title". 

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