The third time was the charm for the Italian Jannik Sinner who achieved his first Masters 1000 and joined his generation mates Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune. He was already with them in terms of game and presence. No one doubts that the three are the future of tennis but people ask for big titles and the Italian was the only one waiting to win one of the important ones, after the Grand Slams. The four from the Spaniard (twice Madrid, Miami and Indian Wells) are followed by one from the Dane (Paris-Bercy) and now it is the Italian who, finally, passes the barrier after beating Alex de Miñaur in the final Toronto 6-4 and 6-1, in 1 hour and 30 minutes of play.
The Italian takes the tournament in Canada after a week where he skipped two rounds. The first for being seeded number 7 and the round of 16 after the withdrawal of Andy Murray. In between, he defeated his compatriot Berretini in the second round (6-4 and 6-3), beat the tireless Monfils in the quarterfinals (6-4, 4-6 and 6-3) and in the penultimate round he got rid of the executioner from Alcaraz: the American Tommy Paul (double 6-4). With only three games, he reached the third final of a Masters 1000 (he fell twice in Miami). In it De Miñaur was waiting for him who, after defeating Davidovich in the semifinals, also aspired to win his first level tournament and with which, coincidentally, he played in the doubles category at the beginning of the week.
The two began nervously and the breaks alternated. Neither was capable of dominating and winning more than two games in a row. Sinner hit hard for good and bad. Because if the Italian lacks something, it is knowing how to control his frenzy. While the Australian put all the balls in and waited for the opponent’s failure, his first shot being the winner with the score at 4-4. Sinner was more eager, as in all the key moments of the week, he took the initiative and won the first set 6-4.
In the second round, De Miñaur’s conservative plan was blown up because he couldn’t hurt Sinner who, with the first one already in his pocket, seemed calmer and more confident. He served and subtracted better for the Italian who, as the set progressed, felt more and more comfortable. He tried to increase the rhythm of the Australian’s shots but there is nothing that Jannik likes more than to play with fast and intense shots. In this way and without final opposition, he won the second set, with the tournament and with his first Masters 1000.
“I have known how to manage the situation in each of the games. I have felt the pressure but playing point by point I have been able to push it forward in all of them ”, affirmed the Italian about what has been the key to his success in Canada. After reaching the quarterfinals of all the Grand Slams at the age of 21, winning nine tournaments and rising to sixth place in the standings; he wins a great title confirming that his presence on the circuit is firm and serious, just like his candidacy for the US Open.
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