Italian NextGen Jannik Sinner has been snowballing since he turned professional in 2018. However, the 19-year-old has attained another new milestone in his career as the fourth teenager to reach the Miami Open final in the tournament’s 36-year history.
“That Game Changed a Little Bit The Match”: Sinner After Beating Bautista Agut
With the aid of 37 winners, No.21 seed Sinner upset No.7 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the three sets(5-7, 6-4, 6-4) to make his ATP Masters 1000 championship match debut at the Miami Open 2021.
Even though the Italian gave up his first set to Spaniard, Sinner fought back from 0/40 down and saved four break points to capture the second set against Bautista Agut.
“If you’re 0/40 down, just try to keep fighting. I think obviously that game helped me a little bit in the match,” Jannik Sinner said after the match.
World No.31 continued, “That game changed a little bit the match. It was the same as Hurkacz and Tsitsipas… Some points can decide the match and sometimes can give you a little bit more strength. I think it was important that game.“
Jannik Sinner Feels Great After Joining With Agassi, Nadal, and Djokovic
During the French Open last year, Sinner became the youngest man to reach the quarterfinal in the singles event since Djokovic in 2006. Jannik won his first ATP Tour-level title at the 2020 Sofia Open. Consequently, he registered in the history book as the youngest ATP title-winner since 2008.
Nevertheless, Sinner became the fourth youngster to qualify for the Miami Open final match since event establishment in 1985. Earlier, the former World No.1s Andre Agassi(1990), Rafael Nadal(2005) and the current World No.1 Novak Djokovic(2007) had appeared in the championship match.
When speaking about his achievement, Sinner expressed, “Joining [those names] feels great obviously but, as I always say, I’m 19. The road to having this big name is long. It’s not done in one week of the tournament. (It) is a long process to (get) there.”
Jannik Sinner will now face Hubert Hurkacz for his third ATP tour-level title in Miami Gardens. No.26 seed from Poland stunned Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets before reaching the championship match.