The symbolic value of Sinner’s victory at the ATP Finals


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The symbolic value of Sinner's victory at the ATP Finals

Jannik Sinner (11th in the world) entered the ATP Finals Turin for the loss of his compatriot Matteo Berrettini (7th) and beat Hubert Hurkacz (9th) 6-2, 6-2. In the last round robin game needs to beat already classified Daniil Medvedev (2nd) to have aspirations to get into the semifinals. In turn, he made sure finish the year as Top 10.

A dreamed and unexpected night for the Italian, who found out that he would play the Masters Tournament for the first time a few hours before going on the court. However, he put his face to Berrettini (who withdrew due to abdominal discomfort) and played a perfect match; he only lost four games to Hurkacz. This Thursday is bound to beat Medvedev and will have his place in the top four in Turin if the Pole defeats Alexander Zverev (3rd), before the bewilderment of the Teuton by this situation.

It is worth mentioning that if Sinner does the same but the German also wins, the one who will advance will be the Olympic champion; Beyond the fact that 100% effectiveness would favor the local, the regulation indicates that having played all three matches in the round robin has more value -in case of equality in victories-, than a better average of victories.

Regardless of what happens from now on, the 20-year-old and three-month-old made history: he became the second youngest active tennis player to win a match at the ATP Finals, behind only by Juan Martín Del Potro (he did it with two months less) already at a younger age than the whole Big Four and current elite tennis players like Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th).

Finally, he will finish his fabulous 2021 among the top ten in the ranking together with Berrettini and, for the first time since the creation of the world rankings, two Italians will culminate the season in that prestigious lot.


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