Jannik Sinner Makes History at Citi Open 2021 That Even Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic Couldn’t Achieve

Published 08/08/2021, 11:06 PM EDT
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


19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner won his third ATP title at the Citi Open, defeating Mackenzie McDonald 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in the finals. With this victory, he also became the first-ever teenager to win an ATP 500 category event. Most certainly, it is a feat none of the Big 3 have achieved.

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Since the ATP 500 category first came into practice in 2009, the big three were already past their teen years. Therefore, it is a new record that solely belongs to the young Italian.

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Moreover, Washington is the second ATP title for Sinner in 2021, the first being Melbourne. Besides, he also reached the final of ATP 1000 Miami. Hence, the triumph at Citi Open is only a consequence of his continuous efforts.

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates after winning 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

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Jannik Sinner dropped only one set during the Citi Open campaign

The Italian teenage sensation inarguably played some of his best tennis throughout the week in Washington, DC. Notably, Sinner only dropped a set, that too in the final, on his way to claim the Citi Open 2021 title.

Considering that Rafael Nadal was also in the draw, Sinner as the winner might seem unexpected. Yet, considering the level he plays at, the glory was due for him.

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

During the week in Washington, Sinner outclassed Emil e, Sebastian Korda, Steve Johnson, Jenson Brooksby, and Mackenzie McDonald. Most significantly, he pulled off an exceptional rally at 5-4, 40-40 in the third set against McDonald.

Additionally, Sinner’s exceptional form on hard courts has made him a threat in the two ATP 1000 events lined up ahead. Even the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have previously acknowledged the Italian’s immense talent.

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What’s next for Sinner after Citi Open 2021 triumph?

After Washington, Sinner will be traveling to Toronto for the Rogers Cup 2021, where will have a chance to win his first ATP 1000 event.

Then, the ATP Tour will move to Ohio for the Western and Southern Open. All of this would lead the Italian teenager to the ultimate prize, the US Open 2021.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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