Jannik Sinner Inches Closer Towards ATP Turin Qualification Following Title Defense at Sofia Open 2021

Published 10/03/2021, 2:20 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner celebrates winning his quarter final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Albert Gea


Jannik Sinner has successfully defended his ATP title at Sofia Open in Bulgaria. The Italian lifted the trophy at the competition for the second consecutive year. While Sinner defeated Vasek Pospisil in 2020, this time he prevailed over the Frenchman, Gael Monfils.

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The number one seed Sinner entered the tournament as the favorite. He completed dominated throughout the competition and reached the silverware without dropping a single set. The Italian succeeded over Monfils with a straight-set victory 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Sofia Open. Following the victory, Sinner achieved his third ATP title of the year and fourth ATP title overall in his professional career.

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Jannik Sinner overpowers Gael Monfils in the finals of the Sofia Open

The Italian cruised into the finals of the Sofia Open in Bulgaria, where he faced the Frenchman and number two seed, Gael Monfils for the trophy match. Jannik Sinner had total control over the match as he surpassed Monfils in a straight-set victory to claim the title.

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates during the singles finals match against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) at Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

In the on-court interview, the Italian said, “The level was high today. We had long, long rallies and it was physical as well. I am happy to be the winner here in Sofia again. I think it is a very nice tournament. It was the best match [I have played this week] because I had to.”

Furthermore, Sinner added, “It is never easy playing against Gael, we’ve had many tough matches. I think in the crucial moments I was a bit luckier than him, which helped me a lot.”

Sinner’s victory will put him ahead to tenth in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin on Monday, as he aspires to qualify for the season finale on home turf in Italy. Qualification to the Finals would be an amazing feat for the 20-year-old in his bid to establish himself as a serious contender on the men’s tour.

Third ATP Title of the year for the Sinner

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Jannik Sinner is having an extraordinary 2021 season. He started off the season by clinching the title at Great Ocean Road Open, defeating Karen Khachanov in the finals. The current World No. 14 secured his second title of the year at Citi Open in Washington DC. He beat Mackenzie McDonald in the finals of the competition.

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy holds the championship trophy after his singles finals match against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) at Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

After triumphing over Gael Monfils in an epic five-set thriller at US Open 2021, Sinner met Monfils again in less than a month at the finals of the Sofia Open. Getting off to a strong start, Sinner broke early in the match and captured the first set. The number one seed continued his excellent form to beat Monfils comfortably with the scoreline reading 6-3, 6-4.

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By doing so, the 20-year old claimed his third ATP title of this year. Apart from that, he also grabbed a doubles ATP title this season. Surely, Jannik Sinner is one of the top contenders for emerging tennis players of 2021.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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