Sinner To Meet McDonald For Washington Title
Jannik Sinner is back in form. The Italian teen came into the North American hard court swing having lost four straight matches but in the American capital he has reached his fourth career final earlier today beating another rising star Jensen Brooksby 7-6(2), 6-1.
“I think it was a great match from both of us,” Sinner said. “I think the level was quite high. The intensity was high. It was great to play here with the crowd, as well.”
The 19-year-old Sinner showed his power and experience putting an end to a nice run from the Brooksby who at age 20 is just making his climb up the rankings after injury.
“I think it’s just getting way more comfortable with this atmosphere and these conditions,” Brooksby said. “Just really gaining a lot of confidence that I can compete and beat anybody, I believe. Having another week like this, it keeps me believing more and more that I’m doing the right things.”
In his first ATP 500 final, Sinner will meet the surprising Mackenzie McDonald. The 26-year-old took down former Top 5 former D.C. champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in 2 hours, 43 minutes.
“Honestly, I still can’t believe it was over,” McDonald said after. “I just let it all out. I slapped those forehands and, yeah, just let it all out and screamed loud.
“My biggest goal, results-wise, I wrote down, was to win an ATP title,” he said. “I feel like it’s come together this week.
“I feel like I put it all together a little bit this week. You never know when it’s going to click, and for me it’s this week so far.”
Both Sinner and McDonald will bid for their biggest career title. Sinner, who also made the Miami final losing to Hubert Hurkacz, will try for a third career title in his fourth final. The 26-year-old McDonald is in his first ATP final.
The singles final will take place at 5pm ET.
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