Davis Cup Finals: Jannik Sinner makes winning debut for Italy



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Davis Cup Finals: Jannik Sinner makes winning debut for Italy

Ranked outside the top-700 three years ago, Jannik Sinner has made incredible progress in the previous three seasons to find himself in the top-10. A winner of four ATP titles in 2021 will wrap up the season in the elite group at 20 years and four months, becoming the youngest year-end top-10 player since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008.

After getting a chance to compete at the ATP Finals in Turin as an alternate, the young gun plays in front of the home fans again this week, leading Italy at the Davis Cup Finals and making a debut in the national jersey.

Battling in front of the home fans in Turin, Italy defeated the USA and Colombia to top Group E and advance into the quarter-final, with Sinner delivering two singles wins for his country, his first in this competition. Italy faced the USA in the opening tie, and Jannik toppled John Isner 6-2, 6-0 in 62 minutes to send his country over the top.

Jannik Sinner secured two singles wins for Italy at the Davis Cup Finals in Turin.

The American veteran suffered one of the worst defeats of his career, experiencing only the second bagel on the ATP tour and failing to match the level of the upcoming star.

Reading the rival's serve nicely, Jannik took 57% of the return points and turned them into five breaks from nine opportunities. Sinner faced three break points at the beginning of the second set, fending them off to keep his initial shot intact and bring the victory home in just over an hour.

Isner saved three break points in the encounter's opening game and brought it home with an ace after nine minutes. In the third game, Jannik broke him at 15 with a forehand winner and held at 15 with another forehand winner to cement the advantage.

Firing from all cylinders, the young gun landed another forehand winner in the seventh game to forge a 5-2 gap and close the opener with a service winner a few minutes later. Losing ground completely, Isner sprayed a massive forehand error at the beginning of the second set to find himself a set and a break down.

Jannik saved three break points in game two in his only loose moment on serve and wrapped up the game after the opponent's backhand error. John wasted game points at 0-2 and hit a double fault to find himself further behind.

Dominating every segment, the Italian broke again in game five after his rival's backhand error and sealed the deal with an ace for his first Davis Cup victory a few minutes later.