It’s only an exo, but Jannik Sinner ended 2019 on a high note taking the ATP NextGen Finals title in Milan, Italy, beating Alex De Minaur 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 in an alternate scoring format.
In its third year, the event showcases the top players under 22. And the 18-year-old Sinner follows former champions Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas as winners, and both of them went on to make the Australian Open semifinals.
“I don’t have words,” Sinner said. “He’s an unbelievable player. I just tried to play my game and not make any errors. I didn’t make many today, so I’m very happy with my performance.
“The week has been unbelievable. The crowd… You can hear them now. I’m very happy… I wouldn’t be here without the wild card, so thanks to everyone. I hope to be back here next year.”
The Italian finished 2018 ranked No. 551. He’ll end 2019 inside the Top 100 around No. 95 with still an Italian challenger event to play next week.
Sinner went 4-1 during the week posting wins over Miomir Kecmanovic, Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer. He lost to Ugo Humbert.
De Minaur had been undefeated 4-0 entering the final.
“It’s been a great week. Jannik was too good,” De Minaur said. “I’m happy with my year and looking forward to next year.”
While there are now ranking points awarded, Sinner took home $372,000.
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