Jannik Sinner claimed his biggest career title Sunday winning his first ATP 500 event in Washington where he defeated Mackenzie McDonald 7-5, 4-6, 7-5.
“I think there is still much work to do, to be honest,” the 19-year-old Sinner said. “A lot of experience to put in, working hard as we are doing now, and, you know, trying to play important matches, important matches and important moments of a match. Today I think I had a lot of them. I can learn many things about today.”
Sinner, who hadn’t dropped a set all week, took the opener after saving five set points. But McDonald was able to get back on top in the second to force the decider. Sinner misses a chance to serve it out at 5-3 but got it done on the next time of asking to win his third career title.
“I think it’s tough mentally, because I had a lot of chances. I couldn’t use, because first he was playing better in the crucial moments,” Sinner said. “But I tried to work for one more chance and tried to break him like this.”
McDonald was appearing in his first career ATP final.
“Jannik is a great player. Very professional, very young and up-and-coming guy,” McDonald said. “He’s going to win a lot of tournaments.
I’m happy with how I competed, how I played. I feel like I really put everything out there. Maybe could have played a little bit better at times and served a little bit better, in my opinion. But I did everything I could expect of myself, and I’m very happy with the week overall and my progress as a player.”
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