An 18-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner received a wild card for the third edition of the Next Gen Finals in Milan, entering the draw as the youngest player but with no fear or hesitation. Super talented hitter managed to score four wins and claim the title, delivering incredible tennis to stand above the rest of the field and join Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas on the list of champions.
In the title match, Jannik toppled the top seed and the last year's finalist Alex de Minaur 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 in swift 64 minutes, leaving the top-20 rival far behind and standing tall in front of the home fans that carried him over the top.
Producing shotmaking that found no match from the other side of the net, a teenager fired 16 winners and unforced errors, keeping the points on his racquet and reducing de Minaur to only seven winners and ten unforced errors, completely outplaying the opponent who grabbed all four wins this week before the title clash.
Jannik destroyed Alex in the shortest points up to four strokes, hitting a service winner in 30% of all the points behind the initial shot and standing just behind the Aussie in the more advanced rallies to seal the deal in no time at all.
The Italian made the difference with the second serve and also in the pivotal moments, fending off all nine break chances and delivering one break in each set to find himself over the top in straight sets and with the trophy in his hands.
Both players fended off two break chances in the opening games of the clash and it was Sinner who delivered a break at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 after 22 minutes. The Italian had to play against seven break chances in set number two, repelling them all with some bold hitting and securing a break at love in game two that sent him in front.
Serving at 3-1, Sinner blasted two winners to repel two break points, wrapping up the set and looking good to seal the deal in the next one after another injection of momentum. Jannik barely lost a point on serve in the third set and Alex failed to repeat those numbers, getting broken in game three and allowing his opponent to clinch the victory with three winners in game six.