Fourth seed Jannik Sinner launched his campaign at the Nitto ATP Finals with an emphatic straight-set victory over 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas. The match opened singles round-robin action in Green Group at the Pala Alpitour Stadium on Sunday afternoon in Turin, Italy.
The first singles match of the round-robin competition in Green Group saw local hope Jannik Sinner outlasting sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas with a 6-4, 6-4 win after 85 minutes in front of a cheerful Italian crowd that packed the Pala Alpitour Stadium to support their young representative at the season-ending event.
“I was excited to step on court, and opening the Finals is really, really special,” Sinner stressed in his on-court interview.
“I knew it was going to be very tough, but I think I handled the situation well. I tried to stay aggressive and I am very happy with the performance. I am happy to start with a win, and hopefully, I can continue with this intensity.”
The 22-year-old arrived on home soil to contest the prestigious Nitto ATP Finals off the back of a breathtaking season, earning four titles in the process, which included his first Masters 1000 title in Toronto last August.
On Sunday, the fast conditions on Center Court suited to perfection the explosive rhythm imposed by the San Candido native from the off.
Striking the ball cleanly off both wings while charging at the net flawlessly, Sinner built upon momentum to take control in the fifth game of the opening set when he converted the first breakpoint and never looked back.
He fired 13 winners to 10 unforced errors, winning 84 percent of the first serve points compared to his opponent’s 69 percent.
After Tsitsipas missed three game points, the relentless Italian found the breathing room he needed to open the second set with a break.
The 10-time ATP titlist went the distance to wrap up a statement victory at the year-end championships, displaying a solid performance behind his serve and exceptional form without facing a breakpoint throughout the encounter.
“It is a special week,” Sinner added. “We play under a roof, so it is nosier, and playing with this crowd is such a special feeling. I tried to be really happy on the court and really focused.”
This year’s event sees Sinner competing for the first time as a qualifier; he played as an alternate in 2021, replacing injured countryman Matteo Berrettini.
Up next, defending champion Novak Djokovic takes on eighth seed Holger Rune.
The Nitto ATP Finals run from November 12-19 at the Pala Alpitour Stadium.