Jannik Sinner has vowed to make his Sofia title the ‘first of many’ after becoming the first teenager to win an ATP Tour title in 15 years.
Sinner, 19, overcame Canadian Vasek Pospisil to win in Bulgaria to cap a breakthrough year.
He reached the Roland Garros semi-finals and will now finish the year in the top 40 to underline his position as perhaps the most promising young player in the world.
However, he seems to have more interest in pushing forward than reflecting on those achievements, and he wants to do even better in 2021.
“I hope this is the first of many titles, and the feeling is unique,” Sinner said. “I felt at home this week, with a great crowd and people around me.”
“I felt the pressure, even before the match. I’m pleased with the result.
“When you win a tough encounter in the deciding tie break, it feels better than scoring a 6-1, 6-1 triumph.
“Now I have to work hard again at the beginning of 2021 and make a better start than 2020.”
On the match itself, Sinner added: “It was a tough match. I played well, especially in the first set; then I started to struggle a bit.
“It is never easy to play against Vasek. There are some games when he is serving well, and you can’t touch any ball.
“I was up a set and a break. You know, there are games that you don’t play the way you wanted.
“I just tried to stay positive, and it wasn’t easy.”
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