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Jannik Sinner joins a star-studded line-up in Rotterdam

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Jannik Sinner will play for the second time in his career at the ABN AMRO World Tennis World Tennis Championships from 5 to 13 February 2022. 

The 20-year-old Italian player upset the then number 10 David Goffin in the second round on his debut at the Rotterdam tournament. In the next round Sinner was beaten by Roberto Bautista Agut in the tie-break of the third set. 

Sinner turned professional in 2018 and won the Next Gen ATP Finals title in Milan in 2019. He won the first ATP title of his career in Sofia in October 2020. In the same year he reached the quarter finals at Roland Garros on his debut at this tournament, becoming the first player to achieve this feat since Rafael Nadal in 2005. 

Sinner won four titles in 2021 in Melbourne, Washington (his first triumph at ATP 500 level), Sofia and Antwerp and finished runner-up to Hubert Hurkacz in his first ATP Masters 1000 final. As a 19-year-old he became the first teenager to win an ATP Tour title and the second youngest finalist in 36-year tournament history at the Masters 1000 in Miami.  

He has become the first 20-year-old player to win five ATP titles since Novak Djokovic in 2007. Sinner broke into the top 10 for the first time in his career and is the youngest player in this elite club. He made his debut in the ATP Finals in Turin as an alternate and beat Hubert Hurkack 6-2 6-2 in the round-robin group avenging his defeat against the Polish player at the Miami Masters 1000 final. In his second round robin match in Turin he held a match point against Danil Medvedev before losing in the third set. 

On 1 November Sinner became the first male player born in the 2000s to break into the top 10 after reaching the semifinal at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. 

Sinner joins a star-studded line-up that features 2021 US Open champion Danil Medvedev, 2019 ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rotterdam defending champion Andrey Rublev, 2021 Miami Open champion Hubert Hurkacz, Gael Monfils and Felix Auger Aliassime. 

“After his win in the Next Gen ATP Finals, we gave him a wild card in 2020 and he immediately made it to the quarter finals. This year he had a fantastic season with four tournament wins. He was the first teenager ever to win an ATP 500 tournament in Washington”, said Rotterdam Tournament Director Richard Krajicek.  

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Jelena Ostapenko beats Greer Minnen to reach the second round at Eastbourne

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Number 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 after 1 hour and 29 minutes to secure a spot in the second round at the Rothesay international in Eastbourne. 

Ostapenko won the Eastbourne title in 2021 and reached the 2022 final before losing to Petra Kvitova. 

Minnen led by a break three times and served for the set at 5-4 and 6-5 but Ostapenko pulled back on serve each time. 

Ostapenko fired a backhand crosscourt winner to earn three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break. The Latvian player converted his first chance with a forehand return winner. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. Ostapenko earned a second break in the third game, but she took an off court medical time-out after a fall at 3-1 in the second set. 

Ostapenko recovered by winning four consecutive games with two breaks to win the second set 6-1. 

“Grass is a great surface, but sometimes it can be slippery and really tricky. So I took the medical time-out just to make sure I am fine”, said Ostapenko.  

 “I think the surface suits me really well. The first I played on grass, I was like: ‘How can we play tennis on this surface ? I don’t understand what’s happening here, but then every year was better and better”, said Ostapenko. 

British wild card Harriet Dart battled past former Wimbledon quarter finalist Marie Bouzhkova 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 after 3 hours and 29 minutes in the third-longest match on the WTA Tour this year. 

Bouzhkova broke twice in the third and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead, but Dart won six of the next seven games with three breaks of serve to win the first set 7-5. 

Dart fought back from 1-4 down to force a tie-break with two breaks of serve in the sixth and eighth games. The British player never held a match point in the second set. Bouzhkova converted her fourth set point to seal the tie-break 9-7 after a 88-minute second set. 

After a trade of breaks at the start of the third set, Dart earned a decisive break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The British wild card saved a break point at 4-3 en route to the win. 

Dart was scheduled to face 2022 Wimbeldon champion Elena Rybakina, but the Kazakh player withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to a change of schedule. Dart will face wild card Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open title and reached the final at Roland Garros in 2020.  

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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