Jannik Sinner collected his second straight ATP title Sunday in Melbourne defeating countryman Stefano Travaglia 7-6(4), 6-4 to win the Great Ocean Road tune-up event.
The 19-year-old Sinner closed 2020 winning his first ATP title in Sofia, and after Sunday, has now won his last 10 matches.
“There have been very great moments from last year, which obviously I take with me,” said Sinner who saved a match point in his semifinal win over Karen Khachanov. “But this is not only about winning. Sometimes losing matches, important matches can help you maybe even more, especially when you are young.
“Obviously, the confidence is there. Second ATP title, and this one is a bit different. Tough week for every player, playing twice in one day. Yesterday, I had a tough match against Karen, so today I’m very happy about my performance.”
It was the first all-Italian final on the ATP tour since 1988 in Florence, Italy.
Sinner is also the youngest player to win two ATP Tour titles since Novak Djokovic, 19, at 2006 Amersfoort and the Moselle Open in Metz. Sinner is also the youngest player to win back-to-back titles since Rafael Nadal, 19, at the 2005 China Open in Beijing and Madrid.
Sinner won’t have much time to celebrate as he’s due to meet Denis Shapovalov Monday night in Melbourne.
“I think we’ve made good preparations,” Sinner said. “And obviously tomorrow, start a new tournament, a new week, new feelings.
“It’s a tough match for sure against Denis… It’s going to be an interesting match.”
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