Sinner Apotheosis: beats Medvedev in three sets and wins the Vienna tournament. Panatta hooked


By John

Jannik Sinner extraordinary: he beats the Russian Medvedev in three sets and wins the ATP in Vienna. The blue wins 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Sinner thus reaches 10 ATP tournaments won, detaching Fabio Fognini and reaching Adriano Panatta who, however, for his part, can boast the victory of a slam, the Roland Garros of 1976. It is the second consecutive time that the blue has the better than the world no.3, after the success at the beginning of the month in the Beijing tournament which took him to fourth place in the world ranking.

Some numbers: 36 winners against 28 from the Russian and 22 unforced errors against 23, 5 aces against 13 but also 73% of first balls and zero double faults against eight. For the blue it is the 40th on hard court and the 56th in total during a season that saw him triumph not only in Vienna and Beijing but also in Montpellier and Toronto in 2023. In the Austrian capital, Sinner reached the final without losing a set, but he had to raise his level again to get the better of the defending champion, with an aggressive and varied game, which prevented his rival from finding the rhythm, forcing him to always play at the limit of error.

At the end there was joy and smiles, with a hug to Darren Cahill, the trainer Giacomo Naldi and his father, but mother Sieglinde was also in the stands. Three elements that tell the story of the Italian No.1’s new normality, including technical progress, athletic improvements and family support. «I needed all my mental and physical energy – underlined Sinner, in English and also in German, for the benefit of the public who supported him greatly -. In the decisive set I tried to raise the level a bit, I succeeded. I’m happy with how I handled the match and very happy for the title. It’s wonderful to play in Vienna, I thank the Austrians and Tyroleans who support me.”