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Italian coach Massimo Sartori believes that Jannik Sinner will qualify for the ATP Finals in Turin

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Italian tennis coach Massimo Sartori talked to Italian newspaper Corriere dell’Alto Adige on Jannik Sinner, who reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Miami finishing runner-up to Hubert Hurkacz. 

 

Sinner won the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan and two ATP Tour trophies in Sofia in 2020 and in Melbourne 1 at the start of 2021. He has become the youngest 2-time champion since Novak Djokovic. Last year he advanced to 2020 Roland Garros quarter final at the age of 19, becoming the first debutant to reach this stage of the tournament since Rafael Nadal in 2005 and the youngest quarter finalist at the French Open since Novak Djokovic in 2006. 

This year Sinner lost to Denis Shapovalov in the fifth set at the Australian Open and reached the quarter final in Dubai before losing to eventual champion Aslan Karatsev.  

Sartori, who trains Andreas Seppi and spotted Sinner, believes that Sinner could finish the season in the top 10.

“Jannik knows how to play well on the red clay too. It’s a surface that requires a more complex tennis on a tactical and technical level than hard court. Jannik already showed this last year in Rome and Paris. It is precisely his technical aptitude that allows him to be strong even clay. He is one who crosses the ball with his hands, in the sense that when he hits he is always under the ball, he is in control and can move it as he likes. On clay, where compared to hard-court, you have to know how to push the ball, this feature makes the difference”, said Sartori. 

“I met Jannik when he was 13. Alex Vittur pointed him out to me. That day I would have liked to have him play against Seppi, who was not able to play because he had a backache. I played with him. After an hour I was exhausted. Technically Jannik already has little to improve now. As Riccardo Piatti recalls, he must grow in experience, but he has already played a lot of matches on the ATP circuit in the past two years. I confirm the prediction of two years ago. Jannik will become the strongest player in a few years. This year he will finish the season in the top 10-12 in the ATP Ranking and will qualify for the ATP Finals in Turin, at least as alternate”. 

Sartori praised Jannik’s ability to learn and his will to continue improving. 

“He has this extraordinary ability to learn, to create improvement even at the cost of changing direction along the way. Jannik does not know fear, which instead grips many other players on the circuit”. 

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Thanasi Kokkinakis wins his first career title in Adelaide

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Australian star Thanasi Kokkinakis came back from one set down to edge Arthur Rinderknech 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 in his home city after 2 hours and 38 minutes in the final of the Adelaide International 2. 

 

The match was dominated by serve. Kokkinakis hit 18 aces and won 90% of his first serve points. Neither player was able to earn a single break point or a mini-break until the final point of the first set tie-break, when Rinderknech sealed it as Kokkinakis hit a crosscourt forehand into the net. 

The second set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rinderknech earned an early mini-break at the start of the second tie-break. Kokkinakis rallied from 0-2 down to take a 5-2 lead with three mini-breaks. Rinderknech pulled one mini-break for 3-5,  but Kokkinakis closed out the tie-break 7-5 on his third set point. 

Kokkinakis earned two breaks in the first and ninth games to seal the third set 6-3.  

Kokkinakis reached a career-high of number 69 at the age of 19-year-old player in 2015. This week he came through a three tie-break match against John Isner in the first round and beat Alexander Vukic in a three-set match in the quarter final and a 2-point tie-break against Marin Clic in the semifinal en route to the final. 

“I would not want to win my first title anywhere else. To my family, friends and coaches, what a ride it’s been. You have seen me at my lowest lows and now the highest high. It’s been a serious journey. For now I am so happy. I have been playing on this court since I was eight or nine years,  old, coming here before school every day. I love this court so much”, said Kokkinakis. 

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Aslan Karatsev claims his third career title after a straight-set win over Andy Murray in Sydney

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Aslan Karatsev beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-2 to seal the third ATP Tour title in his career at the Sydney Tennis Classic. 

 

Karatsev has won three of his four career ATP Tour finals in Dubai, Moscow and Sydney and finished runner-up to Matteo Berrettini in Belgrade in 2021. Last year the Russian player came through the qualifying round to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open on his debut. He reached a career-high World number 15 after winning his second career title in Moscow last October. He beat Lorenzo Sonego and Daniel Evans in three sets to reach the Sydney final this week. 

“First of all, congratulations to Andy. It’s a big effort to come back, to play unbelievable this week. I want to congratulate your team. Thank you very much to my team. We are doing an amazing job. Thank you very much to everybody here for coming to support. It was an unbelievable atmosphere in a difficult situation. It’s a difficult time to make this tournment happen, so thank you to everyone”, said Karatsev. 

Karatsev earned his first break in Murray’s first service game and consolidated it with a hold at love. The world number 20 hit 14 winners to 4 unforced errors in the opening set. 

Karatsev sealed the first set 6-3 with a double break, as Murray made two double faults. 

Karatsev broke Murray for the third time at the start of the second set to take a 2-0 lead. Murray hit an ace in the fourth game to claw his way back to 1-3 and earned his first break points of the match in the fifth game. Karatsev saved five break points in a 13-minute fifth game to hold serve for 4-1. Karatsev made a double fault on his first match point, but he closed out the win on his second opportunity after 91 minutes. Murray reached his first final since October 2019. 

“I would like to congratulate Aslan on a fantastic week. I know he also arrived here late in Australia. He was recovering from Covid, so it’s even more impressive to come back straight away and play at that level. Good job and all the best for the Aussie Open”, said Murray.  

John Peers and and Filip Polasek beat 2015 Australian Open doubles champions Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 7-5 7-5 in the doubles final. Peers won the 24th doubles final of his career. Polasek claimed 17 titles, including last year’s Australian Open trophy with Ivan Dodig. 

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Madison Keys beats Alison Riske to win the sixth title of her career in Adelaide

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Former top 10 player Madison Keys cruised past her compatriot Alison Riske 6-1 6-2 in 66 minutes in the final of the Adelaide international 2 to claim the sixth WTA Tour title in her career. 

 

Keys never faced a break point in the final and dropped just 14 points in eight service games. She earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games of the first set and in the first and seventh games of the second set. 

Keys has improved her record in WTA singles titles to 6-5. The US player, who entered the Adelaide tournament at World number 87, will return to the top 60 by winning this title. The 2015 Australian Open semifinalist beat three seeds Elina Svitolina, Liudmila Samsonova and Coco Gauff earlier this week. She needed three sets to beat Samsonova in the quarter final and Gauff in the semifinal. 

Keys has extended her lead to 6-1 in her seven head-to-head matches against Riske. Keys won four of their previous head-to-head matches in three sets and one in straight sets with the scoreline of 6-2 6-2 in Rome in 2014. 

“I am really happy with how today went. I think I started really well and just had the momentum. There were a couple of opportunities where the momentum could have switched, and I think I did a really good job of regrouping and continuing to focus on my side of the court. I am really happy to get the win”, said Keys. 

Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya saved a match point in the second set to beat Tereza Martincova and Marketa Vondrousova 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 10-7 in the match tie-break in the doubles final. Hozumi and Ninomiya were playing their first final as a team since they finished runner-up in the 2018 Roland Garros doubles final. 

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