Jannik Sinner becomes first player in three decades to reach final of ATP Finals on home soil
Andre Agassi was the last player to achieve this feat.
Jannik Sinner has become the first player to reach the final of the ATP Finals in his home country since Andre Agassi in 2003. Sinner, 22, defeated Daniil Medvedev in a three-set thriller to reach the ATP Finals final on his tournament debut.
Sinner, who is playing the season finale in Turin also became the first Italian to reach the Finals and the second since Andre Agassi to reach the final in their home country. Agassi played the final of the ATP Finals in 2003, then called the Tennis Masters Cup held in USA.
The 22-year-old Italian sensation has become the latest entrant to the list of players to play the final of a season-ending championship in their native country, as he stunned the World No. 3 and the 2020 ATP Finals champion, Daniil Medvedev, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1 in a riveting match that lasted 2 hours and 29 minutes.
Remarkably, this win marked Sinner’s third consecutive victory over Medvedev, breaking a streak of six consecutive losses against the seasoned World No. 3.
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The clash started with Medvedev aiming to break Sinner’s serve early in the opening set, but Sinner displayed resilience, denying any opportunity for an early break. It was Sinner who seized the crucial break, capitalizing on errors from Medvedev’s racket to gain a significant advantage.
Both players exhibited unwavering strength on their serves throughout the second set, resulting in a tiebreak where Medvedev’s relentless baseline game enabled him to seize the momentum, leveling the contest.
However, Sinner refused to yield in the decider. He swiftly gained an edge by capitalizing on Medvedev’s double fault, swiftly moving to a commanding lead of 5-1. With another decisive break, Sinner stormed to victory, sealing his place in the championship match.
Sinner will either face Novak Djokovic or Carlos Alcaraz in the final of Season season-ending championship on Sunday.