Stefanos Tsitsipas on Jannik Sinner: 'He played a great match'

Jannik Sinner defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in Turin

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Stefanos Tsitsipas on Jannik Sinner: 'He played a great match'
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner battled in the opening match at the ATP Finals. The home favorite beat the Greek 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 25 minutes, earning his first ATP Finals win in two years. Tsitsipas praised Sinner after the match, admitting his rival played at a high level from start to finish.

Jannik dropped only ten points in ten service games, facing no break points and pressuring Stefanos to follow those numbers. Tsitsipas played against five break points, getting broken two times and finishing on the losing side.

Sinner landed 22 winners and 17 unforced errors, firing 21 service winners and overpowering Tsitsipas from the baseline. Stefanos held at love in the encounter's first game before Jannik held at love for 1-1. The Greek closed the third game with an ace, and the Italian responded with a service winner a few minutes later, leveling the score at 2-2 after 11 minutes.

Stefanos faced issues behind the initial shot, netting a backhand and losing serve to send Jannik 3-2 in front.

Stefanos Tsitsipas honored Jannik Sinner after their ATP Finals duel.

The home favorite landed a powerful serve in the sixth game, cementing the break and moving 4-2 ahead.

Tsitsipas forced Sinner's mistake in the seventh game before world no. 4 held at love in the next one with an ace down the T line. Stefanos served to stay in the set in game nine, holding at 15 and extending the battle. Jannik served for the set at 5-4 and closed it after deuce for 6-4 in 39 minutes.

Tsitsipas experienced a blow in the second set's first game, squandering three game points. Sinner forced the rival's mistake on a break point, moving a set and a break up and gaining confidence. Jannik produced a hold at love in game two with a lob winner, cementing the lead and moving closer to the finish line.

Stefanos played against three break points in the third game, saving three break points and rattling off five points to bring the game home and stay within one break deficit. Sinner moved 4-2 up with an unreturned serve and served for the victory at 5-4.

The Italian landed an ace for a hold at 15, moving over the top and celebrating in front of the home fans. "I would like to congratulate Jannik; he played a great match from start to finish. He served well and attacked, keeping his composure in the pivotal moments.

Jannik kept everything clean and did not get too affected by any situation. The result could have been better, but I'm happy to keep moving," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.

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