Jannik Sinner wins his first ATP 1000 title by beating Australian Alex De Minaur in straight sets in the Toronto final: it’s a fight until 4-4 in the first set, then the blue flies with a run of 8 games to 1 (6-4, 6-1). Sinner will thus rise to number 6 in the ATP ranking surpassing, in the ranking of the Italians who have ranked best since tennis became open, Corrado Barazzutti, who has reached the seventh world position at most. And it will arise on a par with Matteo Berrettini that he reached the sixth position in the world at the beginning of 2022. Only Adriano Panatta hoisted himself higher than him who reached the fourth position in the world in August of his unforgettable 1976. The sixth position in the world would also give Sinner the awareness to be at least No. 8 should things go very badly in Cincinnati: which in any case would mean for him to have the certainty that at the Us Open he won’t face a top 4 before the quarterfinals. Which is no small thing.
By beating De Minaur Jannik also ranks number 4 in the Race, the ranking calculated solely on the results of the calendar year which determines who accesses the Turin Finals. Which means that, barring unpredictable events, he has already taken off three quarters of the ticket for the Piedmontese capital. Where he could arrive with a much fresher mental condition than that of many of his fellow adventurers.
The first words
«For me this success means a lot – Sinner’s first words after the success in the ‘National Bank Open’ in Toronto -. It’s a great result that I share with all the people who are close to me every day, with my team. Not everyone is here, but I hope those who aren’t here are watching me. We worked hard and these results make us feel good and make us feel stronger, also making us want to work even harder». «I liked how I handled this situation – Sinner continues -, facing each opponent with the right attitude. I don’t deny I felt the pressure, but I think I handled it well trying to play point to point and treating everyone with the right respect on the pitch.”
Sinner, I’m getting used to difficult situations
“I’m getting used to difficult situations. Twice in the first set I was up by a break and he came back. But I remained mentally calm, I was prepared for a long battle», declared the Italian champion at the end of the race. “I’m happy with how I reacted. In the second set I played better and tried to be more aggressive. It was tough today with the wind, I’m happy with my level».