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Rising Italian gives home crowd cause for cheer

Jannik Sinner gives home crowd cause for cheer

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 16: Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates after winning his singles Round Robin Red Group match against Hurbert Hurkacz of Poland on Day Three of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at Pala Alpitour on November 16, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

Italian supporters at the ATP Finals - being held in its new home of Turin for the first time - were given something to shout about as young gun Jannik Sinner stepped in to replace injured Matteo Berrettini.

The 20-year-old was drafted in at the last moment as it became clear that Berrettini, suffering with an abdominal injury, would not recover in time. As first alternate, Sinner was delighted to make his first ATP Finals.

And he made it a night to remember for himself and spectators alike with a mighty impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz.

Sinner said: 'The courts are quite fast, and I feel well on them. And of course, the atmosphere is amazing, everyone cheering here for me and for Italy. Playing in Italy is special because you stick together and you want to win together, and I had this feeling today. When the whole stadium is playing [with you] against one guy, it’s not easy.”

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The victory means Sinner still has an outside shot of qualifying for the Semi Finals. He currently sits in third place, behind Daniil Medvededv, who leads the Red Group, and Alexander Zverev. He will play World Number Two Medvedev next.

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