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Jannik Sinner breaks into the top 20 at the age of 19

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Italian Next Gen star Jannik Sinner broke into the top 20 for the first time in his career reaching a career-high of number 19. 

 

Sinner made a breakthrough in October 2019, when he reached the top 100 for the first time in his career. He grabbed the headlines in November 2019, when he clinched the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. Last year. He became the first debutant to reach Roland Garros quarter finals since Rafael Nadal in 2005 and the youngest quarter finalist at this event since Novak Djokovic in 2006. 

He claimed two ATP Tour titles in Sofia becoming the youngest ATP Tour champion at the age of 19 since Kei Nishikori at 2008 Delray Beach. 

During 2021 he won the Great Ocean River Open in Melbourne and finished runner-up to Hubert Hurkacz in his first career Masters 1000 in Miami. He became the first Italian finalist and the second youngest finalist in 36-year history of the Miami Open

“Things are happening quite fast at the moment. I have a very good team behind me, and each member knows what they have to do, so that gives me confidence. Everyone has a lot of experience working with my many players. I try to improve every day, which is my goal, and the results will come. Being a champion is a long road. It’s still a long way away. I have made a good start being 19 years old and playing at the highest level, I am happy about being a champion at the moment”, said Sinner. 

Sinner chose tennis over skiing at the age of 13 and moved to Bordighera to train with Riccardo Piatti, who coached Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic, Richard Gasquet and Borna Coric. 

“Jannik realises that the process is long. His potential is very good, but he must continue to develop all areas of his game, learn by watching the best players, and develop his consistency each week”, said Riccardo Piatti.

Sinner was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. Djokovic, who was trained by Riccardo Piatti at the start of his career, praised the 19-year-old player. 

“What impresses me the most is his professsionalism, his dedication to the everyday routines that he has to endure in order to play at such high level. He really has good mindset. He seems more mature for his age than the rest of the guys with the way he is playing and training. He is got a good tempo. From the baseline, he makes the other guy feel he has got to run a lot. I like his game. He can play equally well on all the surfaces, which he has proven. Obviously, there are always things to improve, but he is in good hands. I am sure a bright future is ahead of him”, said Djokovic. 

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Botic Van de Zandschulp beats Joao Sousa to reach the second round in Tel Aviv

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Botic Van de Zandschulp cruised past Joao Sousa 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Van de Zandschulp won 83% of his first serve points and hit 28 winners to Sousa’s six. 

 

The Dutchman will face Liam Broady, who Serbian wild-card Hamad Medjedovic 7-5 6-3. 

Tomas Martin Etchevery edged past 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-4  scoring the biggest win of his career. 

Arthur Rinderknech came back from one set down to beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Rinderknech set up a second round against third seed Diego Schwartzman. 

Emil Ruusuvuori broke serve five times in his 6-3 6-2 win over J.J Wolf. 

Sebastian Korda beat Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. Novak Djokovic is the top seed of the Tel Aviv tournament, which returns for the first time since 2021.

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Holger Rune reaches the second round at the Sofia Open

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Danish Next Gen rising star Holger Rune edged past Tim Van Rijthoven 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) to reach the second round at the Sofia Open in his first appearance at this tournament. 

 

Both players went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Rune earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

The second set started with a trade of breaks in the first two games. There was little to separate both players in the next games, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rune saved a set point at 5-6 in the tie-break of the second set and won the final three points to close out the second set 8-6. 

Rune won his first title in Munich and reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros. 

 “I did not want to go to three sets. I had the break and led 5-2 in the second set tie-break. If it had happened, I was going to fight for sure and try to take it in three, but I am very happy to win in two. I am really working hard every day and trying to improve any small things I can. I think today I stayed very focused all the time. I lost my focus one time on serve, when maybe I should not have been broken, but other than that I am very happy with my first match. The first match is always a  bit difficult”, said Rune. 

Australia’s Alexander Vukic beat Fabio Fognini 7-6 (13-11) 7-5 after 1 hour and 11 minutes. Vukic broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead. Fognini converted his fourth break-back point to draw level to 4-4 before saving a break point at 5-5. Fognini went up a 6-3 lead, but he wasted six set points in the tie-break. Vukic closed out the tie-break 13-11 on his third set point. 

Fognini earned a break to take a 2-1 lead. Vukic broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2 in the fourth game. Fognini lost four consecutive points from 4-5 30-0. Vukic earned the decisive break on his first match point to seal the second set 7-5. 

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Dominic Thiem battles past Laslo Djere in three sets in Tel Aviv

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Dominic Thiem came back from one set down to beat Laslo Djere 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in 2 hours and 40 minutes reaching the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. 

 

Djere broke serve in the third game to take a 3-1 lead. Thiem broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Djere earned his second break in the 11th game to close out the first set 7-5. 

Thiem broke serve at deuce in the sixth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Djere broke back in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Djere earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Thiem did not face a break point in the third set and converted his fourth break point in the third game to seal the third set 6-4. 

“I did not get off to a great start. I got the break in the second set and I was a bit lucky I could turn the match around. The third set was a real grind. I am vert grateful to everyone who came tonight. It is really nice to play in Israel”, said Thiem.  Roman Safiulin came back from one set down to beat Hugo Grenier 3-6 6-4 6-2 in 2 hours and 4 minutes. Safiulin earned his first ATP Tour win since he beat Mikael Ymer in Belgrade last April.

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