“Very Special For Me”: Jannik Sinner on Coming Close to Title Defense at Sofia Open 2021

Published 10/02/2021, 5:24 AM EDT
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


Jannik Sinner is enjoying some incredible form on the tour. Currently playing at the Sofia Open 2021, he thrashed James Duckworth to advance to the semi-finals. The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 6-4.

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Sinner has played two brilliant matches at the Sofia Open 2021 so far. Trying to defend his title, he is yet to drop a set at the ATP 250 tournament.

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“Not easy coming back every time”- Jannik Sinner

Talking about his match against Duckworth in an interview to the ATP Tour, Sinner admitted that he was a bit lucky against Duckworth. He even accepted the fact that it was tough to make a comeback for him after he was 2-4 down in the first set.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021. Italy’s Jannik Sinner in action during his first round match against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics Pool via REUTERS/Mike Hewitt

“It’s not easy coming back every time, you would prefer to stay up… I just tried to stay focused, try to make him think a little bit. In the first set it worked, when he was serving for the set he made a couple of unforced errors. I just tried to stay solid and in the second set when I was 2-4 down I tried to hit a little bit faster and strong, especially in the last game,” said Sinner in the interview.

Sinner revealed that Duckworth is a tough opponent and recalled the match where he once defeated him. However, he also mentioned that he feels good after winning a really close match against the Australian player.

“It feels very good to be honest. Today was a very tough match. I lost the last one against him in Toronto and he was in a very positive situation, winning a Challenger, making the final last week. It was not easy for me and it was a very close match, especially the first set,” added the Italian player.

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Sinner says that Sofia is special place for him

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In the same interview, Sinner highlighted that he just loves playing in Sofia and is proud of his recent performance there. Interestingly, he won his maiden ATP title last year in Sofia only.

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

“Playing here once again in Sofia is very special for me. I am very proud of myself, knowing that tomorrow is a very tough challenge in front of me. So I will try to be ready for tomorrow,” concluded the 20-year-old.

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After passing the Duckworth challenge, Jannik Sinner will face Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in the semi-finals of the Sofia Open 2021. Will he be able to defend his title in Sofia this year?

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