Jannik Sinner follows Rafael Nadal's Masters 1000 age record

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Jannik Sinner follows Rafael Nadal's Masters 1000 age record

In only his second professional season, the young gun Jannik Sinner claimed three Challenger and two Futures titles in 2019, adding the first ATP semi-final and the ATP Next Gen Finals crown to his tally! Finishing the previous season in the top-80, Jannik had massive plans in 2020, advancing into the first Major quarter-final at Roland Garros and wrapping up the year with the first ATP crown in Sofia, becoming the youngest ATP champion since Kei Nishikori in Delray Beach 2008!

Sinner kicked off the 2021 season with another title and gained confidence ahead of the first Masters 1000 event in Miami. Competing at the Masters 1000 level only for the third time, Jannik scored five victories to advance into the title match, as the youngest Masters 1000 finalist since Rafael Nadal in Madrid 2005!

The young Italian became the 11th teenager in the Masters 1000 final and the first since Novak Djokovic here in Miami 14 years ago, entering the record books and hoping for another triumph against Hubert Hurkacz on Sunday.

In the semis, Sinner defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 28 minutes, overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the decider to cross the finish line and earn outstanding age records. Jannik blasted 37 winners and 53 unforced errors and dictated the pace after repelling seven out of ten break points.

Jannik Sinner is the youngest Masters 1000 finalist since Rafael Nadal in Madrid 2005.

The Spaniard suffered four breaks and lost ground after building that advantage in the decider, failing to bring the victory home and missing a chance to fight for the first Masters 1000 crown.

Jannik lost serve already in the first game and pulled it back at 2-3 to return to the positive side. The youngster saved three break chances in the next game before Bautista Agut grabbed a late break at 5-5, closing the set on his serve a few minutes later after 51 minutes.

Sinner survived the second set's seventh game with some brave hitting and gained momentum, breaking Roberto at 15 at 5-4 to force a decider and earn a boost. Starting all over, the Spaniard produced two comfortable holds at the beginning of the final set and grabbed a break in game three to open a 3-1 gap.

Remaining calm, Jannik broke back at love in game six and placed a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-4 for another return game and a place in the final.